Title Denisovan DNA in sediments Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet Business Insider Media type Web Country United States Date 5/11/20 Producer/Author Aylin Woodward Persons Kira Westaway Title Denisovan DNA in Late Pleistocene sediments from Baishiya Karst Cave on the Tibetan Plateau Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet The age Media type Country Australia Date 2/11/20 Description A late Middle Pleistocene mandible from Baishiya Karst Cave (BKC) on the Tibetan Plateau has been
inferred to be from a Denisovan, an Asian hominin related to Neanderthals, on the basis of an amino acid
substitution in its collagen. Here we describe the stratigraphy, chronology, and mitochondrial DNA
extracted from the sediments in BKC. We recover Denisovan mitochondrial DNA from sediments
deposited ~100 thousand and ~60 thousand years ago (ka) and possibly as recently as ~45 ka. The longterm occupation of BKC by Denisovans suggests that they may have adapted to life at high altitudes and
may have contributed such adaptations to modern humans on the Tibetan Plateau.
Producer/Author Liam Mannix Persons Kira Westaway