Late Mousterian Persistence near the Arctic Circle

  title={Late Mousterian Persistence near the Arctic Circle},
  author={Ludovic Slimak and John Inge Svendsen and Jan Mangerud and H. Plisson and Herbj{\o}rn Presthus Heggen and Alexis Brug{\`e}re and Pavel Yurievich Pavlov},
  pages={841 - 845}
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Comment on “Late Mousterian Persistence near the Arctic Circle”
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