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The first hominin fleet

Published on Jul 1, 2019in Nature Ecology and Evolution10.965
· DOI :10.1038/s41559-019-0928-9
Michael C. Westaway10
Estimated H-index: 10
(UQ: University of Queensland)
Abstract
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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