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dc.contributor.authorMichel, V
dc.contributor.authorShen, C-C
dc.contributor.authorWoodhead, J
dc.contributor.authorHu, H-M
dc.contributor.authorWu, C-C
dc.contributor.authorMoulle, P-E
dc.contributor.authorKhatib, S
dc.contributor.authorCauche, D
dc.contributor.authorMoncel, M-H
dc.contributor.authorValensi, P
dc.contributor.authorChou, Y-M
dc.contributor.authorGallet, S
dc.contributor.authorEchassoux, A
dc.contributor.authorOrange, F
dc.contributor.authorde Lumley, H
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-21T02:37:32Z
dc.date.available2020-12-21T02:37:32Z
dc.date.issued2017-08-30
dc.identifierpii: 10.1038/s41598-017-10178-4
dc.identifier.citationMichel, V., Shen, C. -C., Woodhead, J., Hu, H. -M., Wu, C. -C., Moulle, P. -E., Khatib, S., Cauche, D., Moncel, M. -H., Valensi, P., Chou, Y. -M., Gallet, S., Echassoux, A., Orange, F. & de Lumley, H. (2017). New dating evidence of the early presence of hominins in Southern Europe. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7 (1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-10178-4.
dc.identifier.issn2045-2322
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/257002
dc.description.abstractThe first "Out of Africa" migrations represent a seminal event in the history of humankind. At the gates of Europe, the first appearance of Hominins is recorded in Georgia, 1.8 million years ago (Ma); however, the picture of migration across the continent remains incomplete. Vallonnet Cave (France) is a Lower Paleolithic prehistoric site with traces of hominin activities including lithic remains and cut-marks on mammal bones. Here, we apply the uranium-lead (U-Pb) methods to two flowstones to date the intervening archaeological levels. The U-Pb data, coupled with paleomagnetic constraints, provide an age range from 1.2 to 1.1 Ma. The results conclusively demonstrate that Vallonnet Cave is one of the oldest European prehistoric sites in France with early hominin occupations associated with an Epivillafranchian fauna. Combined with data from other archaeological sites, the new precise chronology suggests a widespread occupation the Northern Mediterranean to Southwestern Europe at ~1.2 Ma.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherNATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
dc.titleNew dating evidence of the early presence of hominins in Southern Europe
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/s41598-017-10178-4
melbourne.affiliation.departmentSchool of Earth Sciences
melbourne.source.titleScientific Reports
melbourne.source.volume7
melbourne.source.issue1
dc.rights.licenseCC BY
melbourne.elementsid1234390
melbourne.contributor.authorWoodhead, Jonathan
dc.identifier.eissn2045-2322
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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