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When did Homo sapiens first reach Southeast Asia and Sahul?

O'Connell, James; Allen, Jim; Williams, Martin A; Williams, Alan N; Turney, Chris; Spooner, Nigel; Kamminga, Johan; Brown, Graham R.; Cooper, Alan


Anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens, AMH) began spreading across Eurasia from Africa and adjacent Southwest Asia about 50,000-55,000 years ago (ca. 50-55 ka). Some have argued that human genetic, fossil, and archaeological data indicate one or more prior dispersals, possibly as early as 120 ka. A recently reported age estimate of 65 ka for Madjedbebe, an archaeological site in northern Sahul (Pleistocene Australia-New Guinea), if correct, offers what might be the strongest support yet...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018-08-06
Type: Journal article
Source: PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1808385115
Access Rights: Open Access


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