Entire genome of extinct human sequenced
February 8, 2012

Archaeologists in the Denisova Cave in August 2005
Archaeologists in the Denisova Cave in August 2005

The entire genome of an extinct human was reconstructed from a 30,000-year-old finger bone and posted on the web Tuesday.

Scientists at the Germany-based Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology said they were able to sequence the genome of a Denisovan using DNA extracted from less than 10 milligrams of the finger bone.

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