Oldest DNA ever sequenced

The oldest DNA ever sequenced to date has been published. The mitochondrial DNA comes from a femur excavated at the “Pit of Bones” in the Sierra de Atapuerca, that is over 400,000 years old. Findings show that H.heidelbergensis was more closely related to the Denisovans, an eastern Eurasian hominin, than to Neanderthals. The meticulous excavations at the site have revealed 28 hominin fossils from the Pleistocene to the Holocene, the largest collection of remains ever found.

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