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Genome Projects

Neandertal Genomes

Draft Neandertal Genome

In 2009 we produced a first draft version of the genome of the closest evolutionary relative of present-day humans, the Neandertal. The genome sequence was generated from three Neandertal fossils from Croatia using high-throughput sequencing technologies.

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Altai Neandertal

The genome sequence was generated from a toe bone, called Denisova 5, discovered in Denisova Cave in southern Siberia in 2010. The bone is described in Mednikova (Ethnology & Anthropology of Eurasia 2011. 39: 129-138).

DNA sequences were generated on the Illumina HiSeq platform and constitute an average 50-fold coverage of the genome. 99.9% of the 1.7GB of uniquely mappable DNA sequences in the human genome are covered at least ten times. Contamination with modern human DNA, estimated from mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences, is around 1%.

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Vindija Neandertal

We sequenced the genome of a ~50 thousand year old female Neandertal (Vi33.19) from Vindija Cave, Croatia to ~30-fold genomic coverage. We showed that this genome is closer to that of the Neandertal introgressing into modern humans than the previously sequenced Altai Neandertal genome. The Vindija genome allows more Neandertal DNA to be identified in present-day humans.

More on the analyses can be found here:

The data is available here: http://ftp.eva.mpg.de/neandertal/Vindija/

Chagyrskaya Neandertal

Chagyrskaya is a cave located on the Charysh River, in the Altai mountains, about 100km from Denisova Cave (Russia). We sequenced the genome of a Neandertal distal manual phalanx (Chagyrskaya 8) from this cave to high coverage (~28x).

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Five low-coverage late Neandertals

The low-coverage genomes of five late Neandertals from Belgium (Goyet Q56-1 and Spy 94-a), France (Les Cottés Z4-1415), Croatia (Vindija 87), and Russia (Mezmaiskaya 2) that have been directly dated to between 39,000 and 47,000 years old. The obtained genomes represent some the latest surviving Neandertals in Europe and have allowed for the reconstruction of the late Neandertal population history (Hajdinjak et al, 2018,

The data can be found here at the ftp site 
http://cdna.eva.mpg.de/neandertal/ in the folders LesCottes_Z4-1514, Mezmaiskaya2, Spy94a, Vindija87, GoyetQ56-1


Denisovan Genome

High coverage Denisovan Genome

The genome sequence of a Denisovan individual was generated from a small fragment of a finger bone discovered in Denisova Cave in southern Siberia in 2008.

Approximately 30-fold coverage of the genome was generated using the Illumina GAIIx sequencing platform.

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Bonobo Genome

High coverage Bonobo Genome

We generated a total of 26x coverage of the bonobo genome from a sample taken during routine examination of Ulindi, a female bonobo living in Zoo Leipzig. 

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