DNA extracted from a supposedly 400,000-year-old femur (thigh bone) from a Spanish cave "completely changes what we know—or thought we knew—about human evolution".
For one thing, as Professor Chris Stringer of London's Natural History Museum points out, it's "shattered the previous record of 100,000-year-old DNA". (But could DNA have even lasted 100,000 years? The survival of DNA is a major problem for the evolutionary timeline—e.g. see www.creation.com/dino-dna).
Evolutionists are also surprised that the DNA more closely matched that found in Denisova Cave in Siberia, than that of Neanderthals, in Europe. Professor Allan Cooper, Director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA at Adelaide University, was reported as saying this discovery "has turned human evolution theory on its head".
He also said: "Everybody is mixing with everybody else and providing a complete mess at this stage, which, really it's hard to keep up. But it certainly shows, I think, the ways in which we think about species forming and maintaining themselves is probably not that accurate."
As Australia's national broadcaster put it, "Put simply, this find means it's back to the drawing board for evolutionists, trying to trace back to a common ancestor."•
DNA discovery turns human evolution theory upside-down, abc.net.au, 5 December 2013.
A mitochondrial genome sequence of a hominin from Sima de los Huesos, nature.com, 4 December 2013.