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Title: A mitochondrial genome sequence of a hominin from Sima de los Huesos
Authors: Meyer, Matthias
Fu, Qiaomei
Aximu-Petri, Ayinuer
Glocke, Isabelle
Nickel, Birgit
Arsuaga, Juan Luis
Martínez, Ignacio
Gracia-Téllez, Ana
Bermúdez de Castro, José María
Carbonell, Eudald
Pääbo, Svante
Keywords: Evolutionary biology;Evolutionary genetics
Issue Date: Jan-2014
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Citation: Nature, 2014, 505, 403-406
Abstract: Excavations of a complex of caves in the Sierra de Atapuerca in northern Spain have unearthed hominin fossils that range in age from the early Pleistocene to the Holocene1. One of these sites, the ‘Sima de los Huesos’ (‘pit of bones’), has yielded the world’s largest assemblage of Middle Pleistocene hominin fossils2,3, consisting of at least 28 individuals4 dated to over 300,000 years ago5. The skeletal remains share a number of morphological features with fossils classified as Homo heidelbergensis and also display distinct Neanderthal-derived traits6,7,8. Here we determine an almost complete mitochondrial genome sequence of a hominin from Sima de los Huesos and show that it is closely related to the lineage leading to mitochondrial genomes of Denisovans9,10, an eastern Eurasian sister group to Neanderthals. Our results pave the way for DNA research on hominins from the Middle Pleistocene.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12136/368
ISSN: 0028-0836
1476-4687
DOI: 10.1038/nature12788
Type: Article
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