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ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA - Pacific Beat Updated
Scientists have always believed Neanderthals were our closest relatives, now some scientists have discovered a member of the human family we never knew existed.
DNA from a fingerbone and a tooth discovered in a cave in Siberia shows the "Denisovans" were as closely related to modern humans as Neanderthals.
And there's evidence that the Denisovan lineage is still alive today in the Pacific.
Presenter: Simon Lauder
Speaker: Professor Svante Paabo of the Max Planck Institute in Germany