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Why did modern human populations disperse from Africa ca. 60,000 years ago? A new model.
  • P. Mellars
  • Geography
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 20 June 2006
TLDR
It is suggested here that the answer to why it took these populations approximately 100,000 years to disperse from Africa to other regions of the world has never been clearly resolved may lie partly in the results of recent DNA studies of present-day African populations, combined with a spate of new archaeological discoveries in Africa.
Going East: New Genetic and Archaeological Perspectives on the Modern Human Colonization of Eurasia
TLDR
The archaeological and genetic evidence points to a single successful dispersal event, which took genetically and culturally modern populations fairly rapidly across southern and southeastern Asia into Australasia, and with only a secondary and later dispersal into Europe.
Major Issues in the Emergence of Modern Humans
  • P. Mellars
  • Sociology
    Current Anthropology
  • 1 June 1989
Discussion des origines biologiques et comportementales des populations humaines modernes : recherches sur la transition entre les populations " archaiques " et les populations " modernes " d'un
A new radiocarbon revolution and the dispersal of modern humans in Eurasia
  • P. Mellars
  • Environmental Science
    Nature
  • 23 February 2006
TLDR
Two recent developments in the methodology of radiocarbon dating show that the speed of colonization of Europe by modern human populations was more rapid than previously believed, and that their period of coexistence with the preceding Neanderthal was shorter.
The impossible coincidence. A single‐species model for the origins of modern human behavior in Europe
TLDR
The Upper Paleolithic revolution in Europe is described as reflecting preeminently an explosion in explicitly symbolic behavior and expression, which would be inconceivable in the absence of highly structured language systems and brains closely similar, if not identical to, the authors' own.
Genetic and archaeological perspectives on the initial modern human colonization of southern Asia
TLDR
This work presents an alternative model based on a combination of genetic analyses and recent archaeological evidence from South Asia and Africa that supports a coastally oriented dispersal of modern humans from eastern Africa to southern Asia ∼60–50 thousand years ago (ka).
The Human Revolution: Behavioural and Biological Perspectives on the Origins of Modern Humans
TLDR
No other work provides such an exhaustive and wide-ranging account of modern human origins on a world-wide scale and is the only book which integrates the remarkable new genetic evidence with the more conventional approaches of archaeologists and anthropologists.
Archeology and the dispersal of modern humans in Europe: Deconstructing the “Aurignacian”
TLDR
The reality of a major dispersal of anatomically and genetically modern human populations across Europe and western Asia centered broadly within the period from ca.
Neanderthals and the modern human colonization of Europe
  • P. Mellars
  • Geography, Environmental Science
    Nature
  • 25 November 2004
TLDR
Recent research suggests that the roots of this dramatic population replacement can be traced far back to events on another continent, with the appearance of distinctively modern human remains and artefacts in eastern and southern Africa.
The Neanderthal Legacy: An Archaeological Perspective from Western Europe
The Neanderthals populated western Europe from nearly 250,000 to 30,000 years ago when they disappeared from the archaeological record. In turn, populations of anatomically modern humans, Homo
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