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In Photos: A Bone from a Denisovan-Neanderthal Hybrid

Working with DNA

Denisova Cave discoveries

(Image credit: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

Evolutionary geneticist Matthias Meyer at work in the clean laboratory at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Analyzing the genome

Denisova Cave discoveries

(Image credit: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

Automated processes generate DNA libraries and isolate DNA.

Ancient humans

Denisova Cave discoveries

(Image credit: Karsten Möbius)

Svante Pääbo, lead author of the new study and director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, stands with a replica of a Neanderthal skeleton.

Mingling populations

Denisova Cave discoveries

(Image credit: Petra Korlević)

Drawing of a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father with their child, a girl, at Denisova Cave in Russia.