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Isotopic evidence for initial coastal colonization and subsequent diversification in the human occupation of Wallacea

Roberts, Patrick; Louys, Julien; Zech, Jana; Shipton, Ceri; Kealy, Shimona; Samper Carro, Sofia Cristina; Hawkins, Stuart; Boulanger, Clara; Marzo, Sara; Fiedler, Bianca; Boivin, Nicole L.; Mahirta, X; Aplin, Ken; O'Connor, Sue


The resource-poor, isolated islands of Wallacea have been considered a major adaptive obstacle for hominins expanding into Australasia. Archaeological evidence has hinted that coastal adaptations in Homo sapiens enabled rapid island dispersal and settlement; however, there has been no means to directly test this proposition. Here, we apply stable carbon and oxygen isotope analysis to human and faunal tooth enamel from six Late Pleistocene to Holocene archaeological sites across Wallacea....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Communications
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-15969-4
Access Rights: Open Access


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