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Humans bred with this mysterious species more than once, new study shows

• https://www.washingtonpost.com, By Ben Guarino

Their skulls suggest broad faces, tiny chins and jutting brows. But to mock Neanderthals is to mock ourselves: Homo sapiens had lots of sex with Homo neanderthalensis. Neanderthal genes supply between 1 percent and 4 percent of the genome in people from homelands on several continents, from Britain to Japan to Colombia.

DNA from another human-like primate, the Denisovans, lurks in modern genomes, too. A molar and a chip of pinkie bone found in a Siberian cave provide what little information we have about this species. DNA extracted from the fragments previously revealed cross-species breeding. Yet a new study in the journal Cell shows the ancient hanky-panky did not stop in Siberia: Humans who traveled across South Asia mated with a separate group of Denisovans, as well.

"This is a breakthrough paper," said David Reich, who studies ancient DNA at Harvard University and was not involved with the study. "It's a definite third interbreeding event," one that adds to the previously known Denisovan and Neanderthal mixtures.

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Genesis 6:2: "the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose." There are some interpretations that say that "the sons of God" should be interpreted "angels." Revelations in the Bible tells us that the tail of the dragon swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The "stars" are often interpreted as "angels." Wake up and see that the stupid popular understanding of prehistory is mixing up all kinds of stuff that would be clear if we only recognized that the Bible talked about it clearly, long, long ago.


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