Prehistoric human girl who died 40,000 years ago pictured for first time
The face of a girl who died 40,000 years ago in Siberia has been revealed for the first time ever.
A 3D-printed model and portrait of the prehistoric Denisovan has been revealed in a new study published in the journal Cell.
Denisovans went extinct around 15,000 years ago and much about them has remained a mystery.
But in 2010, the finger of the girl was recovered from a frozen cave with DNA containing priceless information.
Thanks to modern technology, scientists have been able to recreate the Denisovan face with 85% accuracy.
The girl has a low forehead, a distinctive lack of chin, large nose and wide jawline — like a Neanderthal.
"I was expecting Denisovan traits to be similar to Neanderthals, just because Neanderthals are their closest relatives," lead study author David Gokhman, told Live Science.
"But in the few traits where they differ, the differences are extreme."
Researchers made the reconstruction by looking at how genetics influence physical traits.
When they tested the method with chimpanzees, it predicted traits right 85% of the time.
"There are various layers that compose our genome," the Stanford University geneticist added.
"We have the DNA sequence itself, where our genes are encoded.
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“Then, on top of that, there are regulatory layers that control which genes are activated or deactivated, and in what tissue."
Hopefully, our elusive Denisovan cousins have left us more evidence to find.
"The only true test of our predictions is to find more Denisovan bones and match them," Gokhman said.
This comes after it was found DNA from a tribe in Papua New Guinea was up to a 5% match with Denisovan .
And scientists found the corpse of a 13-year-old hybrid girl born to a Neanderthal mum and a Denisovan dad.
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