Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences: The Initial Expansion of Anatomically Modern Humans in Northern Eurasia / New Evidence and New Hypotheses

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Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences: 2008, Vol. 1, Issue 2
Dolukhanov, Pavel M.
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Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Northern Eurasia; Anatomically Modern Humans (AMH); Palaeolithic; cHeinrich events

The initial dispersal of anatomically modern humans (AMH) in Africa occurred during a hyperarid event of 135-75 ka. Large-scale AMH expansion in northern Eurasia occurred during the Middle Weichselian glacial maximum (60-50 ka), coeval with H6 event. This expansion which included the polar regions and southern Siberia proceeded at a remarkably rapid pace, suggesting the entire area being taken up by uniform ‘periglacial’ landscape, equally suitable for AMH habitation. The ‘transitional’ industries (combining Mousterian and Upper Palaeolithic elements) are seen archaeological signatures of early AMH expansion.

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