Donna Lu in The Guardian:
The remains, belonging to a teenager nicknamed Bessé, were discovered in the Leang Panninge cave on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Initial excavations were undertaken in 2015.
The discovery, published in the journal Nature, is believed to be the first time ancient human DNA has been discovered in Wallacea, the vast chain of islands and atolls in the ocean between mainland Asia and Australia.
The DNA was extracted from the petrous part of Bessé’s temporal bone, which houses the inner ear.
Griffith University’s Prof Adam Brumm, who co-led the research, said the intact DNA was a rare find.