How much Neanderthal and Denisovan is in your DNA?

Discover your background by meeting your ancient ancestors from 50,000+ years ago
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What does it mean to have Neanderthal or
Denisovan DNA?

Neanderthal DNA

The legacy of the Neanderthals is of contemporary concern, as our species’ circadian rhythms, immune system, and perhaps even build, have been shaped by these ancient ancestors.

Denisovan DNA

While the Neanderthal ancestry discovered in modern humans was all the same, scientists found something different for Denisovans: different populations had mixed into modern humans, not a single group.

Neanderthal

In 1856, a fossil was discovered in the Neander valley of Germany. Neanderthals were not primitive sideshows, but part of our broader human story. They flourished for hundreds of thousands of years between the Atlantic ocean and Mongolia. The vast majority of humans in the world carry some Neanderthal heritage.

Denisovan

In 2010 whole genome of X-woman was published in Germany. This new lineage of humans was called Denisovans, named after Denisova cave in Siberia where it was discovered. Denisovan ancestry was finely distributed across eastern Eurasia, with 0.1 to 0.2% of this human population’s ancestry to be found in East, South and Southeast Asia, as well as in the indigenous peoples of the New World.

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Health

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Geographical origin

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Neanderthal Skull Gibraltar 1

A skull was found during the construction of fortifications. Forbes Quarry (Forbes Quarry), Gibraltar
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Neanderthal Skull Engis 2

F.-S. Schmerling finds several human bones, including a severely fragmented skull of a 2-3-year-old child Anzhi Cave, Belgium
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Human tooth

Croatian researcher K. Gorjanovic-Kramberger finds a human tooth in a cave. Krapina Cave, Croatia
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Bones and skeleton

G.A. Bonch-Osmolovsky finds the bones of the limbs of an adult woman and the skeleton of an infant. Kiik-Koba Grotto, Crimea
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Female skeleton

D. Garrod finds a female Neanderthal skeleton. Tabun Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel
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Skeletal remains

Skeletal remains of nine Neanderthals – seven adults and two infants. Shanidar Cave, Iraq
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Skeletal remains

A.P. Okladnikov finds skeletal remains of a child. Teshik-Tash Cave, Uzbekistan
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Five teeth

Archaeologists V.T. Petrin and S.V. Markin find five teeth. Okladnikov Cave, Altai, Russia
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Denisovan DNA (Yanskaya parking)

Fragments of Denisovan DNA were found in the genomes of Homo sapiens from the Yanskaya parking lot (Yakutia)
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Denisova cave

Bone fragments of the Denisova hominin originate from the cave, including
artifacts dated to around 50,000 to 30,000 years ago.
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Denisovan DNA (Salkhit)

Fragments of Denisovan DNA were found in the genomes of Homo sapiens from  Salhit (Mongolia)
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Denisovan DNA (Tianyuan)

Fragments of Denisovan DNA were found in the genomes of Homo sapiens from Tianyuan (China)
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Xiahe mandible

Hominin fossil jaw (mandible) discovered in Baishiya Karst Cave, located on the northeastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau.
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Neanderthals population
Denisovan population
The admixture

Findings

Skull
DNA (other)
Bones
Places of origin of Denisovans and Neanderthals, 50,000 years ago.

Female skeleton

D. Garrod finds a female Neanderthal skeleton. Tabun Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel
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Human tooth

Croatian researcher K. Gorjanovic-Kramberger finds a human tooth in a cave. Krapina Cave, Croatia
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Neanderthal Skull Gibraltar 1

A skull was found during the construction of fortifications. Forbes Quarry (Forbes Quarry), Gibraltar
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Bones and skeleton

G.A. Bonch-Osmolovsky finds the bones of the limbs of an adult woman and the skeleton of an infant. Kiik-Koba Grotto, Crimea
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Five teeth

Archaeologists V.T. Petrin and S.V. Markin find five teeth. Okladnikov Cave, Altai, Russia
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Skeletal remains

Skeletal remains of nine Neanderthals – seven adults and two infants. Shanidar Cave, Iraq
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Skeletal remains

A.P. Okladnikov finds skeletal remains of a child. Teshik-Tash Cave, Uzbekistan
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Neanderthal Skull Engis 2

F.-S. Schmerling finds several human bones, including a severely fragmented skull of a 2-3-year-old child Anzhi Cave, Belgium
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Denisova cave

Bone fragments of the Denisova hominin originate from the cave, including artifacts dated to around 50,000 to 30,000 years ago.
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Denisovan DNA (Yanskaya parking)

Fragments of Denisovan DNA were found in the genomes of Homo sapiens from the Yanskaya parking lot (Yakutia)
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Xiahe mandible

Hominin fossil jaw (mandible) discovered in Baishiya Karst Cave, located on the northeastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau.
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Denisovan DNA (Tianyuan)

Fragments of Denisovan DNA were found in the genomes of Homo sapiens from Tianyuan (China)
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Denisovan DNA (Salkhit)

Fragments of Denisovan DNA were found in the genomes of Homo sapiens from  Salhit (Mongolia)
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  • Greg

    US
    After years of researching my family history, it was super fun to learn more about my more ancient ancestors.
  • Ketie

    US
    Before Genomelink, I didn't know that so many people had Neanderthal ancestors. I learned a lot from this report.
  • Holly

    US
    Very cool report if you're interested in learning more about your distant ancestors and what they were up to.

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