Most of us who have taken an anthropology course are familiar with Neanderthals, early humans, and a few other species of closely related hominids, like Lucy the Australopithecine. While these species are all somewhat different in nature, scientists have been working hard to see where they fit—and how and when they crossed paths—in the grand scheme of evolution.
But the search for the missing links between humans and apes doesn’t stop with these groups. In fact, a discovery inside a cave in China might just offer some new details about some of the other mysterious human-like species that may have once roamed the Earth.
Researchers now believe that these skulls may have belonged to a creature that bred with both Neanderthals and humans, and could be a crucial part of that missing link.
We don’t have many actual pieces of the Denisovans out there, and the connection between those old tools and the skulls has yet to be confirmed, but it’s fascinating all the same. There is still so much that we don’t know!
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