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While none of the groups normally directly assigned to this group survived, H. erectus may not be literally extinct (in the sense of having no surviving descendants) as it has been hypothesized that on several levels it may be a direct ancestor of later hominins including Homo heidelbergensis, Homo antecessor, Homo neanderthalensis, Homo denisova, and Homo sapiens. To start, H. georgicus (the Dmanisi hominina) appears to be more basal, and is often even not regarded as H. erectus anymore. Similarly, H. antecessor and sisters, including H. sapiens, appear to have emerged specifically as sister of e. g. the Asian variety of H. erectus. Moreover, some late H. erectus varieties may have introgressed into the Denisovans, which then later introgressed into H. Sapiens.