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Neandertals, Denisovans and ? ? ?
DNA data offer evidence of unknown extinct human relative
People from Melanesia, a region in the South Pacific encompassing Papua New Guinea and surrounding islands, may carry genetic evidence of a previously unknown extinct hominid species, Ryan Bohlender reported October 20 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. That species is probably not Neandertal or Denisovan, but a different, related hominid group, said Bohlender, a statistical geneticist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "We're missing a population or we're misunderstanding something about the relationships," he said.
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This is pretty exciting to me.  We may find that like Denisovan genes and Neandertal genes, the genes of this hypothetical species are more widely dispersed than initially thought.  I kinda hope so.  Diversity is a very thin cultural layer over humanity's overwhelming relatedness.