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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.