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Age estimates for hominin fossils and the onset of the Upper Palaeolithic at Denisova Cave

Douka, Katerina; Slon, Viviane; Jacobs, Zenobia; Ramsey, Christopher Bronk; Shunkov, Michael V.; Derevianko, Anatoly P.; Mafessoni, Fabrizio; Kozlikin, Maxim B.; Li, Bo; Grün, Rainer; Comeskey, Daniel; Devièse, Thibaut; Brown, Samantha; Viola, Bence; Kinsley, Leslie; Buckley, Michael; Meyer, Matthias; Roberts, Richard; Pääbo, Svante; Kelso, Janet; Higham, Thomas F. G.


Denisova Cave in the Siberian Altai (Russia) is a key site for understanding the complex relationships between hominin groups that inhabited Eurasia in the Middle and Late Pleistocene epoch. DNA sequenced from human remains found at this site has revealed the presence of a hitherto unknown hominin group, the Denisovans1,2, and high-coverage genomes from both Neanderthal and Denisovan fossils provide evidence for admixture between these two populations3. Determining the age of these fossils is...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0870-z


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