The relationship of the Pit specimens to other ancient species has been the subject of debate
The oldest "nuclear DNA" from a human has identified some early representatives of the Neanderthal lineage.
They are about 400,000 years old, but their relationships to Neanderthals and other ancient relatives has been hotly debated.
DNA analysis confirms that they lie on the evolutionary line to Neanderthals.
The results are published in the journal Nature.
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