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The Watinglo mandible: A second terminal Pleistocene Homo sapiens fossil from tropical Sahul with a test on existing models for the human settlement of the region

Bulbeck, F David; O'Connor, Susan

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This paper analyses a fossil human mandible, dated to circa 10. ka, from Watinglo rockshelter on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. The fossil is metrically and morphologically similar to male mandibles of recent Melanesians and Australian Aborigines. It is distinguished from Kow Swamp and Coobool Creek male mandibles (Murray Valley, terminal Pleistocene) by being smaller and having different shape characteristics, as well as smaller teeth and a slower rate of tooth wear. It pairs with the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/35687
Source: Homo: Journal of Comparative Human Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.jchb.2010.10.002

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