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Humanity May Have A Mysterious New Ancestor

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The most comprehensive genetic study of Indigenous Australians to date has unearthed a mystery. We know that humanity's closest relatives are Neanderthals and Denisovans, but the new study came up with a DNA discrepancy that may point to a third unknown species. Get the whole story in the videos below.


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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The throat of a Neanderthal is shorter than that of a human, meaning a Neanderthal voice was likely higher. 00:16

  2. Neanderthals' voices would have been affected by their deep rib cages and large nasal cavities. 00:45

  3. This is what a Neanderthal may have sounded like: 01:51