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Holocene demographic changes and the emergence of complex societies in prehistoric Australia

Williams, Alan N.; Ulm, Sean; Turney, Chris S. M.; Rohde, David; White, Gentry

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A continental-scale model of Holocene Australian hunter-gatherer demography and mobility is generated using radiocarbon data and geospatial techniques. Results show a delayed expansion and settlement of much of Australia following the termination of the late Pleistocene until after 9,000 years ago (or 9ka). The onset of the Holocene climatic optimum (9-6ka) coincides with rapid expansion, growth and establishment of regional populations across ~75% of Australia, including much of the arid zone....[Show more]

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Date published: 2015-06-17
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/16057
Source: PLOS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128661

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