Location: Who Am I? gallery, Floor 1 Wellcome Wing
Date: 31 March through summer 2017
Around 55,000 to 70,000 years ago, some Homo sapiens—our species of human—migrated out of Africa and eventually inhabited the entire world.
Along the way, they met and interbred with other now-extinct human species: the Neanderthals and the recently discovered Denisovans. Many of us still carry traces of these encounters in our DNA.
Visit the Who Am I? gallery to explore how this DNA is impacting our health today and how scientists are learning more than ever before about our ancient human ancestors.
1. Copies of Neanderthal, Denisovan and Early modern human DNA. Credit: Science Museum Group Collection / Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
2. Denisovan fossil replicas. Credit: Science Museum Group Collection / Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
3. Letters of the genetic code. Credit: Flickr johntisza