A 400,000‐year‐old mitochondrial genome questions phylogenetic relationships amongst archaic hominins

@article{Orlando2014A4M,
  title={A 400,000‐year‐old mitochondrial genome questions phylogenetic relationships amongst archaic hominins},
  author={Ludovic Orlando},
  journal={BioEssays},
  year={2014},
  volume={36}
}
By combining state‐of‐the‐art approaches in ancient genomics, Meyer and co‐workers have reconstructed the mitochondrial sequence of an archaic hominin that lived at Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain about 400,000 years ago. This achievement follows recent advances in molecular anthropology that delivered the genome sequence of younger archaic hominins, such as Neanderthals and Denisovans. Molecular phylogenetic reconstructions placed the Atapuercan as a sister group to Denisovans, although its… 

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