The site is one of the most significant for understanding human evolution, but study of it has been hampered by difficulty dating the finds.
Today, a pair of papers reveal new Denisovan fossils, scores of new dates and a refined timeline for a hominin presence at the cave: important steps in untangling the complicated role it has played in the human story.
The researchers were part of a team that created a new and more refined timeline of both Neanderthals and Denisovans at the site.
Order from Chaos In the studies published today, two teams took different approaches to untangling the cave’s complicated setting and establishing a more precise timeline for Denisovans and Neanderthals at the site.
The method, while promising, has not yet been perfected, which the authors acknowledge.