The only known hybrid between Neanderthals and Denisovans, this 90,000-year-old little girl lived in the Altai Mountains on the southern tip of Siberia and, although she didn’t survive long, she was rather exceptional.
Her corpse was recovered in a neighboring cave, where specialists have been researching it since its discovery.
In case you didn’t know, Homo Sapiens were not the only people on the globe until thousands of years ago when they were joined by Neanderthals and Denisovans.
While we have a lot of information on Neanderthals from a variety of sources, the Denisovans were just found in 2010.
They became extinct approximately 40,000 years ago, around the same time as the Neanderthals, and this specimen shows that they lived with the Neanderthals for over 90,000 years.
Denisova 11 was her title, however, she was not the 11th Denisovan found, but rather the fifth.
Her lineage was easy to ascertain since half of her chromosomes belonged to Denisovans and the other half to Neanderthals.
Based on her mitochondrial DNA, Viviane Slon determined that she was fathered by a Denisovan and mothered by a Neanderthal.
More hybrids have been found since then, showing that much of history is not what it looks, since interbreeding was certainly a large part of it as far as we can determine.