Any news on Denisovans always attracts my attention. It is because I suspect them to be the inhabitants of Deva territory in a remote past. According to researchers Denisovans were short and they became extinct some 40,000 years ago. There are traces of their genes in Australians and Melanesians. This made them think that they were in the southern hemisphere in south-east parts of the globe. But the same gene imprints were found in the human remnants in Siberia, in Altai. This brings in the theory that they had moved from south to north or from north to south. The Wikipedia article on Denisovans has the following map showing the movement or spread of Denisovans in green colour.
Their period ended by 40,000 years before present. What strikes me in the current study is that a part of their gene is found in most Tibetans and that gene was found to be helping them to endure life in high altitudes where oxygen level is low. This makes me think whether Denisovans were also tuned to living in high altitudes. So far their presence in traces is found in people in Southeast Asia near the oceans. If they were supposed to have possessed a unique gene suitable for living in high altitudes, then it means their major habitat for many thousands of years must have been in high and cold regions.
This makes the mountains of Siberia as the perfect places for their natural habitat. This is where Uttarkuru was located according to Hindu texts and this is where Devas were supposed to have lived. Let me reproduce a map with Uttar Kuru from my old article 24,000 year old remains of the Malta boy – connected to Indian gene pool?