[Science Magazine] Ancient jaw gives elusive Denisovans a face

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[Science Magazine] Ancient jaw gives elusive Denisovans a face

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Ancient jaw gives elusive Denisovans a face

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Re: [Science Magazine] Ancient jaw gives elusive Denisovans a face

Post by Gord » Sat May 04, 2019 4:56 pm

If the jawbone allowed someone to reconstruct the face of a Denisovan, you'd sort of expect there to be an image of that reconstructed face. But I searched the internets and nobody has one. Some website(s) show an image of a reconstructed Neanderthal, like they do here: http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/a ... 07149.html

But then it says below the image, "Denisovans were probably dark-skinned, unlike the pale Neandertals. The picture shows a Neanderthal man."

Or to put it into analogy form: "Someone drew a very interesting picture of Venus. Here's a drawing of Mars. Isn't it neat? My niece drew that! I'm sure Venus probably looks completely different."
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Re: [Science Magazine] Ancient jaw gives elusive Denisovans a face

Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Sat May 11, 2019 11:03 am

Or the reconstruction didn't meet the requirements for Chinese exclusivity. They are passionate about showing that they evolved separately from the rest of the human race.
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Re: [Science Magazine] Ancient jaw gives elusive Denisovans a face

Post by OlegTheBatty » Sat May 11, 2019 1:03 pm

Or, the reproduction, while possible, hasn't been made yet.
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Re: [Science Magazine] Ancient jaw gives elusive Denisovans a face

Post by landrew » Sat May 11, 2019 4:02 pm

Skin pigment is a barely relevant genetic trait. It can likely appear or disappear from a population fairly quickly in evolutionary terms, perhaps within a few millennia. Polar bears have black skin, and Inuit peoples of the Arctic are fairly dark, because they obtain abundant vitamin D from their diet of fish and seals. It's likely that pale skin developed inland, and within populations that remained covered throughout much of the year, therefore vitamin D deficiencies probably caused evolution to favor those with lighter skin, so that they could make maximum use of the restricted amount of sunlight in northern latitudes.
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