Early Upper Paleolithic in eastern Europe and implications for the dispersal of modern humans

M. V. Anikovich, A. A. Sinitsyn, John F. Hoffecker, Vance T Holliday, V. V. Popov, S. N. Lisitsyn, Steven L. Forman, G. M. Levkovskaya, G. A. Pospelova, I. E. Kuz'mina, N. D. Burova, Paul Goldberg, Richard I. Macphail, Biagio Giaccio, N. D. Praslov

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Radiocarbon and optically stimulated luminescence dating and magnetic stratigraphy indicate Upper Paleolithic occupation-probably representing modern humans-at archaeological sites on the Don River in Russia 45,000 to 42,000 years ago. The oldest levels at Kostenki underlie a volcanic ash horizon identified as the Campanian lgnimbrite Y5 tephra that is dated elsewhere to about 40,000 years ago. The occupation layers contain bone and ivory artifacts, including possible figurative art, and fossil shells imported more than 500 kilometers. Thus, modern humans appeared on the central plain of Eastern Europe as early as anywhere else in northern Eurasia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-226
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume315
Issue number5809
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 12 2007

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Eastern Europe
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Luminescence
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Anikovich, M. V., Sinitsyn, A. A., Hoffecker, J. F., Holliday, V. T., Popov, V. V., Lisitsyn, S. N., ... Praslov, N. D. (2007). Early Upper Paleolithic in eastern Europe and implications for the dispersal of modern humans. Science, 315(5809), 223-226. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1133376

Early Upper Paleolithic in eastern Europe and implications for the dispersal of modern humans. / Anikovich, M. V.; Sinitsyn, A. A.; Hoffecker, John F.; Holliday, Vance T; Popov, V. V.; Lisitsyn, S. N.; Forman, Steven L.; Levkovskaya, G. M.; Pospelova, G. A.; Kuz'mina, I. E.; Burova, N. D.; Goldberg, Paul; Macphail, Richard I.; Giaccio, Biagio; Praslov, N. D.

In: Science, Vol. 315, No. 5809, 12.01.2007, p. 223-226.

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Anikovich, MV, Sinitsyn, AA, Hoffecker, JF, Holliday, VT, Popov, VV, Lisitsyn, SN, Forman, SL, Levkovskaya, GM, Pospelova, GA, Kuz'mina, IE, Burova, ND, Goldberg, P, Macphail, RI, Giaccio, B & Praslov, ND 2007, 'Early Upper Paleolithic in eastern Europe and implications for the dispersal of modern humans', Science, vol. 315, no. 5809, pp. 223-226. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1133376
Anikovich MV, Sinitsyn AA, Hoffecker JF, Holliday VT, Popov VV, Lisitsyn SN et al. Early Upper Paleolithic in eastern Europe and implications for the dispersal of modern humans. Science. 2007 Jan 12;315(5809):223-226. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1133376
Anikovich, M. V. ; Sinitsyn, A. A. ; Hoffecker, John F. ; Holliday, Vance T ; Popov, V. V. ; Lisitsyn, S. N. ; Forman, Steven L. ; Levkovskaya, G. M. ; Pospelova, G. A. ; Kuz'mina, I. E. ; Burova, N. D. ; Goldberg, Paul ; Macphail, Richard I. ; Giaccio, Biagio ; Praslov, N. D. / Early Upper Paleolithic in eastern Europe and implications for the dispersal of modern humans. In: Science. 2007 ; Vol. 315, No. 5809. pp. 223-226.
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