A picture released on Wednesday showing the opening of the Baishiya Karst Cave, where a 160,000 year-old fossil jawbone was discovered. Photo: Dongju Zhang/Lanzhou University via Reuters

An ancient Sherpa relative? 160,000-year-old jawbone found in Tibetan cave sheds light on Denisovans, who survived extreme conditions

  • Denisovans lived at extremely high altitude and, through interbreeding, may have passed on gene adaptations for this lifestyle to modern-day Sherpas
  • Comprising a powerful jaw and unusually large teeth, the fossil suggests they would have looked something like the most primitive of the Neanderthals
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A picture released on Wednesday showing the opening of the Baishiya Karst Cave, where a 160,000 year-old fossil jawbone was discovered. Photo: Dongju Zhang/Lanzhou University via Reuters
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