Entrant 2014

Heather D. Freeman


"Denisovan" is a fictional imagining of a girl who died 40,000 years ago, published as an animated and interactive artist's book for iPhone/iPad and Android mobile devices.

The story was inspired by the genomic mapping of a contemporary of early humans and Neanderthal, the denisovan hominin. A tooth and finger bone from a single individual were found in a cave in Siberia, and paleogeneticists were able to determine that they had discovered a whole new hominid. We know that the denisovan girl had brown hair and eyes, but we can only speculate about her relationship to her family members, and how parent child relationships may have evolved in the last 40,000 years.