Denisovan

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Etymology[edit]

From Denisova Cave, where Denisovan remains were discovered.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: dənēʹsəvən, IPA(key): /dɨˈniːsəvən/

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Denisovan (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to an extinct grouping of the genus Homo that lived in the Altay Mountains some 41,000 years ago.
    • 2010 December 23, Hannah Devlin, "Unknown Species of Man Identified from Cave DNA", The Times, page 17:
      Denisovan Man is the first human relative to have been identified purely from DNA, extracted from the bone and a tooth found in the Denisova cave in the Altai mountains of southern Siberia.
    • 2010 December 23, Ian Sample, "Finger Bone Points to New Human Line", The Guardian, international secion, page 18:
      A molar tooth, measuring around 1.5cm on each side and found at the site in 2000, also belongs to a Denisovan individual.
    • 2012 Februrary 1, Alanna Mitchell, "DNA Turning Human Story Into a Tell-All", The New York Times, page D1:
      It is the only known place on the planet where three types of humans — Denisovan, Neanderthal and modern — lived, probably not all at once.

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Denisovan (plural Denisovans)

  1. A member of an extinct grouping of the genus Homo that lived in the Altay Mountains some 41,000 years ago.
    • 2010 December 23, Carl Zimmer, "Scant Remains Reveal Ancient Neanderthal Cousins", The New York Times, page A14:
      And yet, despite their having the entire genome of a Denisovan, Dr. Paabo cannot say much yet about what they were like.
    • 2011 August 26, Ann Gibbons, "Who Were the Denisovans?", Science, volume 33, page 1084:
      …this was only the third fossil ever found of a Denisovan, the others being the bit of finger bone and another molar, also from Denisova cave.
    • 2012 August 31, John Lauerman, "Ancient Genome, Modern Brains", The Gazette (Montreal), page A2:
      The researchers were even able to split and analyze the two strands of the Denisovan's DNA, and thus differentiate the contributions of each parent.

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