Early history of Neanderthals and Denisovans

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Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Rogers, Alan R.; Bohlender, Ryan J.; Huff, Chad D.
Year of Publication: 2017
Journal: PNAS
Date Published: 2017/08/07
Publication Language: eng

Extensive DNA sequence data have made it possible to reconstruct human evolutionary history in unprecedented detail. We introduce a method to study the past several hundred thousand years. Our results show that (i) the Neanderthal–Denisovan lineage declined to a small size just after separating from the modern lineage, (ii) Neanderthals and Denisovans separated soon thereafter, and (iii) the subsequent Neanderthal population was large and deeply subdivided. They also (iv) support previous estimates of gene flow from Neanderthals into modern Eurasians. These results suggest an archaic human diaspora early in the Middle Pleistocene.

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1706426114
Short Title: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences