Humans know a lot of their ancestors, Human Erectus, Human Sapiens, and so on. Now, while scientists are looking for the missing link in human evolution, an Artificial Intelligence might have discovered the missing link, an ancient human ancestor.
“By combining deep learning algorithms and statistical methods, researchers from the University of Tartu in Estonia, Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE), and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Spain, found that the extinct species was a hybrid of Neanderthals and Denisovans and crossbred with modern humans in Asia,” reads the article on this topic, issued by News18.
“The finding, published in Nature Communications, would explain that the hybrid found last year in the caves of Denisova – the offspring of a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father – was not an isolated case, but rather was part of a more general introgression process,” the researchers added. The deep-learning machine surveyed the history of humankind, and it came up with the possibility that two species cross-bred.
Artificial Intelligence Found A Missing Link, An Ancient Humans Ancestor
“About 80,000 years ago, the so-called Out of Africa occurred, when part of the human population, which already consisted of modern humans, abandoned the African continent and migrated to other continents, giving rise to all the current populations,” explained Jaume Bertranpetit, principal investigator at the IBE.
“We know that from that time onwards, modern humans crossbred with Neanderthals in all the continents, except Africa, with the Denisovans in Oceania and probably in South-East Asia, although the evidence of cross-breeding with a third extinct species had not been confirmed with any certainty, added Bertranpetit.
“Our theory coincides with the hybrid specimen discovered recently in Denisova, although as yet we cannot rule out other possibilities,” added Mayukh Mondal, an investigator of the University of Tartu. According to the artificial intelligence, a missing link in the ancient human ancestor evolution has been found.
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