The Xiahe mandible now identified as a Denisovan, of which only the right half was found in Baishiya Karst Cave. Dongju Zhang / Lanzhou Universit

Breakthrough in Human Evolution: Denisovan Fossil Found in Tibet

Jawbone found high up on the Tibetan Plateau, 2,400km from the low-lying Denisova Cave, sheds light on the mysterious origin of Sherpas' tolerance for hypoxia

In a huge eureka moment for human evolution, a fossilized jawbone found high on the inhospitable Tibetan Plateau turns out to be Denisovan, an international team of scientists reported Wednesday in Nature.

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