Human adaptation and plant use in Highland New Guinea 49,000 to 44,000 years ago

Summerhayes, Glenn R., Leavesley, Matthew, Fairbairn, Andrew, Mandui, Herman, Field, Judith, Ford, Anne and Fullagar, Richard (2010) Human adaptation and plant use in Highland New Guinea 49,000 to 44,000 years ago. Science, 330 6000: 78-81. doi:10.1126/science.1193130

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Author Summerhayes, Glenn R.
Leavesley, Matthew
Fairbairn, Andrew
Mandui, Herman
Field, Judith
Ford, Anne
Fullagar, Richard
Title Human adaptation and plant use in Highland New Guinea 49,000 to 44,000 years ago
Journal name Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0036-8075
Publication date 2010-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1126/science.1193130
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 330
Issue 6000
Start page 78
End page 81
Total pages 4
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Language eng
Abstract After their emergence by 200,000 years before the present in Africa, modern humans colonized the globe, reaching Australia and New Guinea by 40,000 to 50,000 years ago. Understanding how humans lived and adapted to the range of environments in these areas has been difficult because well-preserved settlements are scarce. Data from the New Guinea Highlands (at an elevation of ~2000 meters) demonstrate the exploitation of the endemic nut Pandanus and yams in archaeological sites dated to 49,000 to 36,000 years ago, which are among the oldest human sites in this region. The sites also contain stone tools thought to be used to remove trees, which suggests that the early inhabitants cleared forest patches to promote the growth of useful plants.
Keyword Adaptation
Archaeological evidence
Growth rate
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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