Researchers have discovered a new race of ‘ghost’ species which is now believed to have played a key role in developing the genetic makeup of populations in West Africa, shedding stunning new light on the true origins of modern humanity. As The Daily Mail reports:
An extinct branch of human ancestry has been discovered lurking inside the DNA of modern-day West Africans which evolved around 500,000 years ago.
Traces of this so-called ‘ghost population’ were located in modern-day people and did not match the genetic fingerprint of Homo sapiens, Denisovans or Neanderthals.
Exactly what species the hominids belonged to is unknown, but humans mated with them around 50,000 years ago, researchers discovered.
No physical evidence — DNA from ancient bones, for example — was found, but a computer model indicates this mysterious species must exist.
The DNA the researchers identified came from a lost species of early human hominids that was previously unknown to science.