The Denisovan Xiahe mandible, only represented by its right half, was found in 1980 in Baishiya Karst Cave in Tibet. Image: Dongju Zhang, Lanzhou University
Extinct human species tens of thousands of years ago already on the roof of the world - human history short science news

More than 160,000 years ago, people lived on the Tibetan plateau. This is evident from the discovery of a mandible of the extinct human species, known as Denisovans.

So far, fragments of these ancient hominins had only been found in Denisova Cave in Siberia.

Denisovans were adapted to the low oxygen environment of the Himalayas, long before our species, Homo sapiens, arrived in Tibet.

Read the full story: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Scientific publication: Nature