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Our review of the France 5 documentary: Denisova's The Mystery of Man

2022-06-23T11:12:34.928Z

CRITICISM – Its discovery, in 2008, had the effect of an earthquake in the world of paleoanthropology. Guy Beauché's excellent new documentary retraces the history of this other species of hominid. The mystery of Denisova's man, a film not to be missed, this Thursday, June 23...



A fossilized phalanx lurks beneath the land of Siberian Altai.

Exhumed in 2008 in the depths of the Denisova cave, this fragment of little finger has filled researchers from the Institute of Archeology and Ethnology in Novosibirsk with joy.

They imagined they had found a tiny vestige of Neanderthal man.

Alas, the researchers came across a bone: the fossil did not belong to the cousin of

Homo sapiens

, but to a new, hitherto unknown species of hominid.

Fourteen years later,

The Mystery of Denisova

looks back on the most remarkable paleoanthropological discovery of the beginning of the 21st century.

Guy Beauché's documentary reweaves the story of Denisova's man, who walked the surface of the world at the same time as Sapiens and Neanderthals.

The remains of this species that disappeared only 15,000 years ago can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

On an air of adventure

The most formidable fossil to date?

A modest jaw fragment.

Entrusted to the best international experts, this discovered mandible…

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