In a recent article appearing in Nature magazine entitled, “Mystery humans spiced up ancients’ sex lives,” researchers studying the human genome has concluded that the ancient Denisovans, Neaderthals and a unknown mystery species all interbred with our ancestors some 30,000 or more years ago.
A mystery human species that was in existence over 30,00 years ago but has now gone the way of Neanderthal and the Denisovans. The researchers likened it to a Middle Earth scenario:
“What it begins to suggest is that we’re looking at a Lord of the Rings-type world — that there were many hominid populations,” says Mark Thomas, an evolutionary geneticist at University College London who was at the meeting but was not involved in the work.
Everyone should note that these are respectable scientists from established organizations with peer-reviewed papers that are making these claims. Rather than sweeping it all under the rug (as sometimes alleged in conspiracy theories,) these results shatter some of the old theories and provide enormous room for future study, research and discovery.
It will be fun to see where this leads.
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