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  Homo sapiens in Arabia by 85,000 years ago

Groucutt, H. S., Grün, R., Zalmout, I. A. S., Drake, N. A., Armitage, S. J., Candy, I., et al. (2018). Homo sapiens in Arabia by 85,000 years ago. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2, 800-809. doi:10.1038/s41559-018-0518-2.

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Groucutt, Huw S.1, Author              
Grün, Rainer, Author
Zalmout, Iyad A. S., Author
Drake, Nick A.1, Author              
Armitage, Simon J., Author
Candy, Ian, Author
Clark-Wilson, Richard, Author
Louys, Julien, Author
Breeze, Paul S., Author
Duval, Mathieu, Author
Buck, Laura T., Author
Kivell, Tracy L., Author
Pomeroy, Emma, Author
Stephens, Nicholas B., Author
Stock, Jay T., Author
Stewart, Mathew, Author
Price, Gilbert J., Author
Kinsley, Leslie, Author
Sung, Wing Wai, Author
Alsharekh, Abdullah, Author
Al-Omari, Abdulaziz, AuthorZahir, Muhammad, AuthorMemesh, Abdullah M., AuthorAbdulshakoor, Ammar J., AuthorAl-Masari, Abdu M., AuthorBahameem, Ahmed A., AuthorMurayyi, Khaled M. S. Al, AuthorZahrani, Badr, AuthorScerri, Eleanor M. L.1, Author              Petraglia, Michael D.1, Author               more..
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1Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074312              

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 Abstract: Understanding the timing and character of the expansion of Homo sapiens out of Africa is critical for inferring the colonization and admixture processes that underpin global population history. It has been argued that dispersal out of Africa had an early phase, particularly ~130–90 thousand years ago (ka), that reached only the East Mediterranean Levant, and a later phase, ~60–50 ka, that extended across the diverse environments of Eurasia to Sahul. However, recent findings from East Asia and Sahul challenge this model. Here we show that H. sapiens was in the Arabian Peninsula before 85 ka. We describe the Al Wusta-1 (AW-1) intermediate phalanx from the site of Al Wusta in the Nefud desert, Saudi Arabia. AW-1 is the oldest directly dated fossil of our species outside Africa and the Levant. The palaeoenvironmental context of Al Wusta demonstrates that H. sapiens using Middle Palaeolithic stone tools dispersed into Arabia during a phase of increased precipitation driven by orbital forcing, in association with a primarily African fauna. A Bayesian model incorporating independent chronometric age estimates indicates a chronology for Al Wusta of ~95–86 ka, which we correlate with a humid episode in the later part of Marine Isotope Stage 5 known from various regional records. Al Wusta shows that early dispersals were more spatially and temporally extensive than previously thought. Early H. sapiens dispersals out of Africa were not limited to winter rainfall-fed Levantine Mediterranean woodlands immediately adjacent to Africa, but extended deep into the semi-arid grasslands of Arabia, facilitated by periods of enhanced monsoonal rainfall.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2018-04-092018
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 10
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DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0518-2
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Title: Nature Ecology & Evolution
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Publ. Info: London : Nature Publishing Group
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 2 Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 800 - 809 Identifier: ISSN: 2397-334X
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2397-334X