Early Modern Humans from Tam Pa Ling, Laos Fossil Review and Perspectives

Demeter, Fabrice, Shackelford, Laura, Westaway, Kira, Barnes, Lani, Duringer, Philippe, Ponche, Jean-Luc, Dumoncel, Jean, Senegas, Frank, Sayavongkhamdy, Thongsa, Zhao, Jian-Xin, Sichanthongtip, Phonephanh, Patole-Edoumba, Elise, Dunn, Tyler, Zachwieja, Alexandra, Coppens, Yves, Willerslev, Eske and Bacon, Anne-Marie (2017) Early Modern Humans from Tam Pa Ling, Laos Fossil Review and Perspectives. Current Anthropology, 58 S527-S538. doi:10.1086/694192

Author Demeter, Fabrice
Shackelford, Laura
Westaway, Kira
Barnes, Lani
Duringer, Philippe
Ponche, Jean-Luc
Dumoncel, Jean
Senegas, Frank
Sayavongkhamdy, Thongsa
Zhao, Jian-Xin
Sichanthongtip, Phonephanh
Patole-Edoumba, Elise
Dunn, Tyler
Zachwieja, Alexandra
Coppens, Yves
Willerslev, Eske
Bacon, Anne-Marie
Title Early Modern Humans from Tam Pa Ling, Laos Fossil Review and Perspectives
Journal name Current Anthropology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0011-3204
Publication date 2017-10-26
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1086/694192
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 58
Start page S527
End page S538
Total pages 12
Place of publication Chicago, IL United States
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Language eng
Abstract Despite the importance of its geographical position for early modern human migration through Australasia, the Indochinese Peninsula has produced relatively few fossils or well-documented archaeological sites, resulting in a poor chronology for early occupation. Tam Pa Ling (TPL), a cave in northern Laos, is one of the rare sites yielding fossils contemporaneous with the earliest migrants into Australasia within a securely established chronology. From its discovery in 2008 until the most recently filed season in 2016, TPL has provided evidence of a modern human presence in the region by marine isotope stages 4 and 3. A partial cranium (TPL1), two mandibles (TPL2, TPL3), and assorted postcranial fragments (TPL4, TPL5) represent the earliest well-dated, anatomically modern humans in the Indochinese Peninsula and introduce new migration routes into the area. The sedimentary context of TPL is described and refined elsewhere, resulting in an approximate age of 44-63 ka for the TPL1 and TPL2 fossils and a maximum depositional age of 70 ka for the lowest layer containing the TPL3 mandible. This is 20 ka older than the depositional ages for the TPL1 and TPL2 fossils and establishes a new upper limit for sedimentary deposition at the site and for the associated fossil evidence. In this study, we review previously presented material (TPL1-TPL3), present unpublished postcranial material (TPL4 and TPL5), and provide dental metric analysis of the TPL1-TPL3 specimens.
Keyword Modern Human-Behavior
Modern Human Origins
Late Pleistocene
South China
Movius Line
Paleolithic Archaeology
Taphonomic Perspectives
Gorges Region
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID DP1093049
Institutional Status UQ

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