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  Specialized rainforest hunting by Homo sapiens ~45,000 years ago

Wedage, O., Amano, N., Langley, M. C., Douka, K., Blinkhorn, J., Crowther, A., et al. (2019). Specialized rainforest hunting by Homo sapiens ~45,000 years ago. Nature Communications, 10: 739. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-08623-1.

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Wedage, Oshan1, Author              
Amano, Noel1, Author              
Langley, Michelle C., Author
Douka, Katerina1, Author              
Blinkhorn, James1, Author              
Crowther, Alison1, Author              
Deraniyagala, Siran, Author
Kourampas, Nikos, Author
Simpson, Ian, Author
Perera, Nimal, Author
Picin, Andrea1, Author              
Boivin, Nicole L.1, Author              
Petraglia, Michael D.1, Author              
Roberts, Patrick1, Author              
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 Abstract: Defining the distinctive capacities of Homo sapiens relative to other hominins is a major focus for human evolutionary studies. It has been argued that the procurement of small, difficult-to-catch, agile prey is a hallmark of complex behavior unique to our species; however, most research in this regard has been limited to the last 20,000 years in Europe and the Levant. Here, we present detailed faunal assemblage and taphonomic data from Fa-Hien Lena Cave in Sri Lanka that demonstrates specialized, sophisticated hunting of semi-arboreal and arboreal monkey and squirrel populations from ca. 45,000 years ago, in a tropical rainforest environment. Facilitated by complex osseous and microlithic technologies, we argue these data highlight that the early capture of small, elusive mammals was part of the plastic behavior of Homo sapiens that allowed it to rapidly colonize a series of extreme environments that were apparently untouched by its hominin relatives.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019-02-19
 Publication Status: Published online
 Pages: 8
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-08623-1
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Title: Nature Communications
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Publ. Info: London : Nature Publishing Group
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 10 Sequence Number: 739 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 2041-1723
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2041-1723