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NEWS: DNA identifies new ancient human dubbed 'X-woman'

BBC News - DNA identifies new ancient human dubbed 'X-woman'
Scientists have identified a previously unknown type of ancient human through analysis of DNA from a finger bone unearthed in a Siberian cave.

The extinct "hominin" (human-like creature) lived in Central Asia between 48,000 and 30,000 years ago. An international team has sequenced genetic material from the fossil showing that it is distinct from that of Neanderthals and modern humans. Details of the find, dubbed "X-woman", have been published in Nature journal. Ornaments were found in the same ground layer as the finger bone, including a bracelet.

Whoever carried this mitochondrial genome out of Africa about a million years ago is some new creature that has not been on our radar screens so far ” Svante Paabo Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

"This new DNA work provides an entirely new way of looking at the still poorly-understood evolution of humans in central and eastern Asia." The discovery raises the intriguing possibility that three forms of human - Homo sapiens , Neanderthals and the species represented by X-woman - could have met each other and interacted in southern Siberia....
(also read full article on HumanistNewsWire)

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The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
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The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.