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Title: Dental evidence on the hominin dispersals during the Pleistocene
Authors: Martinón-Torres, María
Bermúdez de Castro, José María
Gómez-Robles, Aida
Arsuaga, Juan Luis
Carbonell, Eudald
Lordkipanidze, David
Manzi, Giorgio
Margvelashvili, Ann
Keywords: Eurasia;Teeth
Issue Date: Aug-2007
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
Citation: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2007, 104 (33), 13279-13282
Abstract: A common assumption in the evolutionary scenario of the first Eurasian hominin populations is that they all had an African origin. This assumption also seems to apply for the Early and Middle Pleistocene populations, whose presence in Europe has been largely explained by a discontinuous flow of African emigrant waves. Only recently, some voices have speculated about the possibility of Asia being a center of speciation. However, no hard evidence has been presented to support this hypothesis. We present evidence from the most complete and up-to-date analysis of the hominin permanent dentition from Africa and Eurasia. The results show important morphological differences between the hominins found in both continents during the Pleistocene, suggesting that their evolutionary courses were relatively independent. We propose that the genetic impact of Asia in the colonization of Europe during the Early and Middle Pleistocene was stronger than that of Africa.
ISSN: 0027-8424
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0706152104
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Type: Article
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