American geneticists Arun Durvasula and Sriram Shankararaman from the University of California, Los Angeles, found in the genome of West Africans signs of crossing with a “Ghost” man an unknown archaic species of people. The results of the scientists ‘ work are published in the journal Science Advances.
The researchers studied 405 genomes of modern West Africans and compared them with the Neanderthal and Denisovan genomes.
Scientists have found differences in the DNA of West Africans that are best explained by the inclusion of genes of an unknown hominin, whose ancestors may have split off from the Homo family tree before the Neanderthals. The researchers called him ” the Ghost man.”
This could be a representative of Homo erectus or an unknown subspecies of Homo sapiens.
Scientists suggest that there may have been a complex and long-lasting relationship between anatomically modern humans and different populations of archaic hominins.
In November, it was reported that an international team of researchers had discovered fossils of a previously unknown Primate species that lived 11.6 million years ago in Germany.