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1. A species of extinct hominins in the genus Homo, thought to be closely related both to modern humans and to Neanderthals and to have lived in Eurasia from approximately 400,000 to 40,000 years ago.
2. An individual belonging to this species.
Of or relating to the Denisovans.

[After the Denisova Cave in Russia where remains of these humans were found in 2008.]
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In a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on July 8, researchers reported that the Denisovan hemimandible discovered in  Xiahe, China features an interesting dental feature: a three-rooted lower second molar. 
Therefore, the Denisovan ancestry of the Australian Aboriginals and New Guinean people could, therefore, be the result of direct interbreeding between their ancestors and the Denisovans, but we do not know where this interaction took place.
Previous items from Denisovan craftsmen include a bracelet made from made from stunning green-hued chlorite, bead jewellery comprising ostrich eggs, and a needle - still useable today.
Among the thousands of bone fragments excavated from an ancient cave in the Altai mountains in Siberia, scientists have identified an inch-long shard that belonged to a rare hominin hybrid: a female with a Denisovan dad and a Neanderthal mom.
Analysis of a bone discovered in a Siberian cave revealed the female, who died 90,000 years ago, had a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father.
Summary: An ancient hominid hybrid had a Neanderthal for a mother and a Denisovan for a father
The protective CDHR3-[C.sub.529] nonrisk allele has been detected exclusively in modern humans, whereas archaic Neanderthal and Denisovan humans each expressed the ancestral risk allele (8).
Reconstructing the DNA methylation maps of the Neandertal and the Denisovan. Science 344(6183):523-527.
The seventh edition incorporates new DNA sequencing methods and recent Neanderthal and Denisovan genome sequence results.
By comparing the DNA of chimpanzees, orangutans, a Neanderthal, and a Denisovan (another archaic human) with the genomes of more than 2,500 contemporary humans, including many with autism, Xander Nuttle, a member of Eichler's group, has been able to watch this area on the chromosome undergo dramatic changes through evolutionary history.
In this study, researchers have re-sequenced the region around EPAS1 in 40 Tibetan and 40 Han individuals, and found this gene in Tibetans harbored a highly differentiated haplotype, which was only observed in Denisovan genome but not in the populations from worldwide, except for a single Southern Han Chinese and a single Beijing Han Chinese individual.