February 12, 2021

Scheme of facial features associated to various genes

An article published in the journal “Science Advances” reports a genetic study on Native Americans of South America concerning the identification of a number of their genetic regions that influenced their facial features. Some of them were inherited from the Denisovans, another human species now extinct. A team of researchers used genetic data from 6,192 Latin American volunteers involved in a large study by the CANDELA (Consortium for the Analysis of the Diversity and Evolution of Latin America) consortium to identify genes inherited from the Denisovans. This will help investigate the ancestry of Native Americans in Asia, where the only traces of this species have been found.