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Craniometrics Reveal “Two Layers” of Prehistoric Human Dispersal in Eastern Eurasia

Matsumura, Hirofumi; Hung, Hsiao-chun; Higham, Charles; Zhang, Chi; Yamagata, Mariko; Nguyen, Lan Cuong; Li, Zhen; Fan, Xue-chun; Simanjuntak, Truman; Oktaviana, Adhi Agus; He, Jia-ning; Chen, Chung-yu; Pan, Chien-kuo; He, Gang; Sun, Guo-ping; Huang, Wei-jin; Li, Xin-wei; Wei, Xing-tao; Domett, Kate; Halcrow, Siân; Nguyen, Kim Dung; Trinh, Hoang Hiep; Bui, Chi Hoang; Nguyen, Khanh Trung Kien; Reinecke, Andreas


This cranio-morphometric study emphasizes a “two-layer model” for eastern Eurasian anatomically modern human (AMH) populations, based on large datasets of 89 population samples including fndings directly from ancient archaeological contexts. Results suggest that an initial “frst layer” of AMH had related closely to ancestral Andaman, Australian, Papuan, and Jomon groups who likely entered this region via the Southeast Asian landmass, prior to 65–50kya. A later “second layer” shared...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019-02-05
Type: Journal article
Source: Scientific Reports
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-35426-z
Access Rights: Open Access


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