The Denisovans or Denisova hominins are extinct species or subspecies of archaic humans who lived in Asia during the Lower and Middle Paleolithic periods. Their remains are scarce and much of the information about them is known through DNA evidence.
A new study analysing genomes of around 120 ethnic groups in the Philippines found that an indigenous group called the Ayta Magbukon has the highest known Denisovan ancestry. Previously, this position was held by the modern humans in Papua New Guinea and Australia. Ayta Magbukon have 30 to 40 per cent more Denisovan DNA than these frontrunners.


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