PALAEOANTHROPOLOGY

The first hominin fleet

New research suggests that groups of ~130 modern humans at minimum undertook planned expeditions to colonise Sahul via a northern route. However, the necessity of more evidence to test this model reflects a need for change in the way we investigate the population history of this region.

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Fig. 1: The emergent picture of regional Pleistocene complexity from genomes, fossils and material culture.

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Westaway, M.C. The first hominin fleet. Nat Ecol Evol 3, 999–1000 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-019-0928-9

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