Modern human teeth from Late Pleistocene Luna Cave (Guangxi, China)

Bae, Christopher J., Wang, Wei, Zhao, Jianxin, Huang, Shengming, Tian, Feng and Shen, Guanjun (2014) Modern human teeth from Late Pleistocene Luna Cave (Guangxi, China). Quaternary International, 354 169-183. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2014.06.051


Author Bae, Christopher J.
Wang, Wei
Zhao, Jianxin
Huang, Shengming
Tian, Feng
Shen, Guanjun
Title Modern human teeth from Late Pleistocene Luna Cave (Guangxi, China)
Journal name Quaternary International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1040-6182
1873-4553
Publication date 2014-12-15
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.06.051
Open Access Status
Volume 354
Start page 169
End page 183
Total pages 15
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We present two previously unreported hominin permanent teeth [one right upper second molar (M2), one left lower second molar (m2)] from Lunadong (“dong” = “cave”), Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. The teeth are important because: 1) they were found in situ; 2) at least one (M2) can be confidently assigned to modern Homo sapiens, while the other (m2) is likely modern H. sapiens; and 3) the teeth can be securely dated between 126.9 ± 1.5 ka and 70.2 ± 1.4 ka, based on multiple MC-ICP-MS uranium-series dates of associated flowstones in clear stratigraphic context. The Lunadong modern H. sapiens teeth contribute to growing evidence (e.g., Callao Cave, Huanglongdong, Zhirendong) that modern and/or transitional humans were likely in eastern Asia between the crucial 120–50 ka time span, a period that some researchers have suggested no hominins were present in the region.
Keyword China
Late Pleistocene
Modern Homo sapiens
Teeth
Geometric morphometrics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Earth Sciences Publications
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