NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The gene variant that enabled Tibetans to adapt to living at such high altitudes appears to have come from Denisovans, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and BGI-Shenzen reported today in Nature.

This finding indicates that as modern humans moved into new regions, they mixed with other hominins already there, such as the now-extinct Denisovans, and picked up variants allowing them to adapt to these new locales.

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