In a recent study, scientists found that people from one of the Aeta tribes of the Filipino people turned out to be the closest relatives of the extinct Denisovans.
A study conducted by the Swedish University of Uppsala showed that the genome of the Aboriginal people of the Philippines has 30% -40% more DNA from Denisovans than the genomes of the peoples of Oceania and Australia. In the course of the work, scientists analyzed about 2.3 million genotypes from 118 population groups. The research results are published in the journal Current Biology.
The Denisovan man, or Denisovite, is an extinct subspecies of people. Known from fragmentary material from Denisova Cave in the Soloneshensky region of the Altai Territory of the Russian Federation, as well as the lower jaw found in 1980 in China, on the Tibetan plateau.
In fact, some people in the Philippines carry more Denisovan DNA than the aborigines of the Papuan Highlands. Until now, it was known as the modern population, most of all similar to the Denisovans.
The authors of the study note that the results of the work reveal a complex and interconnected history of modern and ancient people in the Asia-Pacific region, in which separate groups of Denisovan islanders mixed in different ways with arriving Australians in different places and in different places.