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Title: A demographic history of late Pleistocene China
Authors: Dennell, Robin
Dennell, Robin
Dennell, Robin
Xing, Gao
Keywords: Demography;China;Late Palaeolithic;Oriental realm;Palearctic realm;Immigration
Issue Date: Sep-2020
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Quaternary International, 2020, 559, 4-13
Abstract: This paper proposes a demographic history of China in the last glacial cycle. This history is complex because China lies in both the Palearctic and Oriental biographic realms, and experienced several immigration events before H. sapiens. Immigration by our species into the Oriental Realm of south China from southeast Asia probably began as early as 80,000 years ago. North China has a different history: here, humans immigrated from Mongolia and southern Siberia ca. 45,000 years ago as part of a cold-adapted Palearctic fauna. These populations were largely independent of one another, and each needs to be seen as part of their respective biogeographic realms. The subsequent demographic history of China is one of mixing and inter-breeding of populations from both north and south China. In the LGM, north China (and Mongolia) were largely depopulated, and subsequent recolonization of north China occurred from both the north and the south. Explanations of the demographic history of China have to include developments beyond its borders, immigration, assimilation of new populations, and continuity of local groups.
ISSN: 1040-6182
DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2020.03.014
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