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Title: A late Middle Pleistocene Middle Stone Age sequence identified at Wadi Lazalim in southern Tunisia
Authors: Cancellieri, Emanuele
Bel Hadj Brahim, Hedi
Ben Nasr, Jaafar
Ben Fraj, Tarek
Boussoffara, Ridha
Di Matteo, Martina
Mercier, Norbert
Marnaoui, Marwa
Monaco, Andrea
Richard, Maïlys
Mariani, Guido S.
Scancarello, Olivier
Zerboni, Andrea
Di Lernia, Savino
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Springer Nature
Citation: Scientific Reports, 2022, 12, 3996
Abstract: The late Middle Pleistocene, starting at around 300 ka, witnessed large-scale biological and cultural dynamics in hominin evolution across Africa including the onset of the Middle Stone Age that is closely associated with the evolution of our species—Homo sapiens. However, archaeological and geochronological data of its earliest appearance are scarce. Here we report on the late Middle Pleistocene sequence of Wadi Lazalim, in the Sahara of Southern Tunisia, which has yielded evidence for human occupations bracketed between ca. 300–130 ka. Wadi Lazalim contributes valuable information on the spread of early MSA technocomplexes across North Africa, that likely were an expression of large-scale diffusion processes.
ISSN: 2045-2322
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-07816-x
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