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Scientists earlier this week described the pivotal new fossil: the right half of the lower jaw of an adolescent, including two teeth, dating from 160,000 years ago.The only previously known Denisovan fossils were three teeth and some bone fragments unearthed 2,400 kilometers away in Siberia at a site called Denisova Cave."It must have been really tough to live there as a hunter-gatherer, and still they managed to be there," said University of Copenhagen molecular anthropologist Frido Welker, one of the researchers in the study published in the journal Nature.Our species, Homo sapiens, did not populate that area until about 40,000 years ago, having first appeared in Africa a bit more than 300,000 years ago.
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