Denisova 11 Human Bone Fragment

Fiona Brock, Thomas Higham, 2018

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Introduction

Denisova 11 Human Bone Fragment

Denisova 11 is a human bone that was found in 2014 amongst a fragmented bone assemblage from the eponymous site in the Russian Altai region. A team from the PalaeoChron project, funded by the ERC and based in Oxford University, used a technique called Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS) with colleagues at the University of Manchester and screened ~2400 bones to search for bone with hominin peptide markers. The work is described in Brown et al. (2016) in the journal Scientific Reports. The small fragment of Denisova 11 was the first hominin bone identified. Initially it was identified as Neanderthal based on the mtDNA sequence obtained in Leipzig at the Max Planck Institute. The nuclear genome revealed it to be a genetic hybrid.