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The age of the hominin fossils from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, and the origins of the Middle Stone Age

Richter, Daniel; Grün, Rainer; Joannes-Boyau, Renaud; Steele, Teresa E; Amani, Fethi; Rué, Mathieu; Fernandes, Paul; Raynal, Jean-Paul; Geraads, Denis; Ben-Ncer, Abdelouahed; Hublin, Jean-Jacques; McPherron, Shannon P

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The timing and location of the emergence of our species and of associated behavioural changes are crucial for our understanding of human evolution. The earliest fossil attributed to a modern form of Homo sapiens comes from eastern Africa and is approximately 195 thousand years old, therefore the emergence of modern human biology is commonly placed at around 200 thousand years ago. The earliest Middle Stone Age assemblages come from eastern and southern Africa but date much earlier. Here we...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017-06-07
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/138054
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature22335

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