American Scientist reports on project findings

News article 1American Scientist reports on how the Palaeodeserts Project has found traces of humans in Arabia.

It describes how satellite imagery has allowed the Project team to focus on areas that display strong evidence of having held water in the past. Working on the assumption that where there was water there would also be plants and animals, including early humans, they have found animal fossils, including elephant, and stone tools such as small, thin cores and flakes that had been retouched to make for a sharper cutting edge. For more information see this Link.

Earliest evidence for the structure of Homo sapiens populations in Africa

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Evidence of Pre-Pottery Neolithic in Saudi Arabia

Past Horizons article cropThe discovery of an early Holocene site at Jebel Qattar in northern Saudi Arabia suggests that the view of the geographic distribution and character of Pre-Pottery Neolithic cultures may be in need of revision.

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L’Arabie n’était pas désertique et isolée

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Today Saudi Arabia is separated from its neighbours by deserts but was it always like this?

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Genetic Research Kicks Off

Genetic sampling - cropA visit was made to the American Museum of Natural History (NYC) in order to extract DNA samples from the mammal collections. Among the animals sampled were cheetah, leopard, hyaena and genet. Samples were obtained from many regions of Africa and Eurasia. Our ultimate goal is to understand the timing of animal movements out of Africa.

Our team was composed of archaeologists from Oxford and students from Jeremy Searle’s genetics lab at Cornell. Photo shows genetic sampling in process. Nicole Boivin (right) is pictured here with doctoral student Frida Johannesdottir (background) and undergraduate students, Camille Mangiaratti (middle) and Cassandra Ramirez (foreground).

Study dates arrival of humans in Asia

li-lake-tobaAnatomically modern humans arrived in Asia within the last 70,000 years.

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Modern humans arrived in South Asia 25000 years later than previously thought

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