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Source: Denisovan finger bone fragment replica Thilo Parg / Wikimedia Commons License: CC BY-SA 3.0 

DNA From Girl's 90,000-Year-Old Bones Show Her Parents Were Two Different Species

By Vanessa Nix Anthony

Scientists recently discovered that the 90,000-year-old bone flake remains found in a Russian cave are that of a female prehistoric teen hybrid—a female whose mother was Neanderthal and whose father was a completely different species of extinct human called Denisovan.

According to BBC News:

  Neanderthals and Denisovans were humans like us, but belonged to different species.

The BBC interviewed Viviane Slon, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA) in Leipzig, Germany, who said:

We knew from previous studies that Neanderthals and Denisovans must have occasionally had children together. But I never thought we would be so lucky as to find an actual offspring of the two groups.