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An early modern human presence in Sumatra 73,000-63,000 years ago

Westaway, Kira E.; Louys, Julien; Awe Due, Rokhus; Morwood, Michael John; Price, Gilbert; Zhao, Jian-xin; Aubert, Maxime; Joannes-Boyau, Renaud; Smith, T. M.; Skinner, M. M; Compton, T.; Kinsley, Leslie


Genetic evidence for anatomically modern humans (AMH) out of Africa before 75 thousand years ago (ka)1 and in island southeast Asia (ISEA) before 60 ka (93–61 ka)2 predates accepted archaeological records of occupation in the region3. Claims that AMH arrived in ISEA before 60 ka (ref. 4) have been supported only by equivocal5 or non-skeletal evidence6. AMH evidence from this period is rare and lacks robust chronologies owing to a lack of direct dating applications7, poor preservation and/or...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature23452


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