Lauriane Bourgeon, Ariane Burke, Thomas Higham
PLoS ONE 12(1): e0169486. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0169486
The timing of the first entry of humans into North America is still hotly debated within the scientific community. Excavations conducted at Bluefish Caves (Yukon Territory) from 1977 to 1987 yielded a series of radiocarbon dates that led archaeologists to propose that the initial dispersal of human groups into Eastern Beringia (Alaska and the Yukon Territory) occurred during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). … ⇒
Nielsen, T. K., Benito, B. M., Svenning, J.-C., Sandel, B., McKerracher, L., Riede, F., & Kjærgaard, P. C. (2016). Investigating Neanderthal dispersal above 55°N in Europe during the Last Interglacial Complex. Quaternary International [In Press — Corrected Proof: Available online 17 January 2016]. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.10.039
When dealing with the northern boundary of Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) and the question of whether or not they dispersed into Southern Scandinavia, … ⇒
Peter B. Damgaard, Ashot Margaryan, Hannes Schroeder, Ludovic Orlando, Eske Willerslev, Morten E. Allentoft
February 6, 2015; doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/014985
Poor DNA preservation is the most limiting factor in ancient genomic research. In the vast majority of ancient bones and teeth, endogenous DNA molecules only represent a minor fraction of the whole DNA extract, rendering traditional shot-gun sequencing approaches cost-ineffective for whole-genome characterization. … ⇒
Ai, H., Fang, X., Yang, B., Huang, Z., Chen, H., Mao, L., Zhang, F., Zhang, L., Cui, L., He, W., Yang, J., Yao, X., Zhou, L., Han, L., Li, J., Sun, S., Xie, X., Lai, B., Su, Y., Lu, Y., Yang, H., Huang, T., Deng, W., Nielsen, R., Ren, J., & Huang, L. (2015)
Nat. Genet. … ⇒
Chang, C-H., Kaifu, Y., Takai, M., Kono, R.T., Grün, R., Matsu’ura, S., Kinsley, L., & Lin L-K. (2015)
Nature Communications 6, Article 6037 | doi:10.1038/ncomms7037
Recent studies of an increasing number of hominin fossils highlight regional and chronological diversities of archaic Homo in the Pleistocene of eastern Asia. … ⇒
M. Aubert, A. Brumm, M. Ramli, T. Sutikna, E. W. Saptomo, B. Hakim, M. J. Morwood, G. D. van den Bergh, L. Kinsley & A. Dosseto
Nature 514, 223–227 (09 October 2014) doi:10.1038/nature13422
Archaeologists have long been puzzled by the appearance in Europe ~40–35 thousand years (kyr) ago of a rich corpus of sophisticated artworks, including parietal art (that is, … ⇒
Macrauchenia reconstruction by Kobrina Olga.
Courtesy of Lars Dietz and Darren Naish: two presentations on collagen sequencing of extinct Pleistocene South American ungulates from the 4th International Palaeontological Congress in Mendoza, Argentina (September 28–October 3, 2014). Abstract book here (be warned, it’s 934 pages long).
The horizon expands.
MOLECULAR PHYLOGENIES OF SOUTH AMERICAN MAMMALS FROM ‘PALAEOPROTEOMICS’
Michael Buckley1, … ⇒
Christopher J. Bae, Wei Wang, Jianxin Zhao, Shengming Huang, Feng Tian, Guanjun Sheng
Quaternary International xxx (2014) 1–15; DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.06.051
We present two previously unreported hominin permanent teeth [one right upper second molar (M2), … ⇒