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Pleistocene occupation of New Guinea's highland and subalpine environments

Fairbairn, Andrew S.; Hope, Geoffrey; Summerhayes, Glenn


New Guinea's mountains provide an important case study for understanding early modern human environmental adaptability and early developments leading to agriculture. Evidence is presented showing that human colonization pre-dated 35ka (ka = thousands of uncalibrated radiocarbon years before present) and was accompanied by landscape modification using fire. Sorties into the subalpine zone may have occurred before the Late Glacial Maximum (LGM), and perhaps contributed to megafaunal extinction....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: World Archaeology
DOI: 10.1080/00438240600813293


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