Ancient populations in the Andes of Peru adapted to their high-altitude environment and the introduction of agriculture in ways distinct from other global populations that faced similar circumstances.
I wonder if they have any Denisovan in them?
That’s a very interesting question especially considering evidence the Americas were colonized from tribes crossing from Asia via the Siberian land bridge. That’s pretty much a straight pipeline from the Denisovans. I wonder if some Genetics or Anthropology grad student is working on the issue even as we speak?
I have a feeling it is in this book:
@evograd, would you be willing to do a series of summaries of the chapters in this book to publish here? If so, I’ll buy you a copy and, finally, give you feedback on your Jeanson review .
I did some quick searching, found this 2016 paper.
Looks like South Americans do have a touch of Denisovan in them, but not near as much as those in Oceania (south Pacific, N. Australia)
Nice. Now it will be interesting to see if the part they do have helps them a high altitude. That would be a very interesting story.
Thanks for the offer, unfortunately I ordered the book on my own dime last week and it’s shipping from the US so won’t get here for another 4 weeks or so. I’d be happy to summarise the chapters here when I read it though.
It is a great book, you will enjoy it. What amazed me most of that book was that there a over 4000 ancient genomes that have been sequenced but not yet analyzed nor published.