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dc.contributor.authorMounier, Aurélien
dc.contributor.authorMirazón Lahr, Marta
dc.date.accessioned2020-03-31T23:30:23Z
dc.date.available2020-03-31T23:30:23Z
dc.date.issued2019-09-10
dc.identifier.issn2041-1723
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/303955
dc.description.abstractThe origin of Homo sapiens remains a matter of debate. The extent and geographic patterning of morphological diversity among Late Middle Pleistocene (LMP) African hominins is largely unknown, thus precluding the definition of boundaries of variability in early H. sapiens and the interpretation of individual fossils. Here we use a phylogenetic modelling method to predict possible morphologies of a last common ancestor of all modern humans, which we compare to LMP African fossils (KNM-ES 11693, Florisbad, Irhoud 1, Omo II, and LH18). Our results support a complex process for the evolution of H. sapiens, with the recognition of different, geographically localised, populations and lineages in Africa - not all of which contributed to our species' origin. Based on the available fossils, H. sapiens appears to have originated from the coalescence of South and, possibly, East-African source populations, while North-African fossils may represent a population which introgressed into Neandertals during the LMP.
dc.format.mediumElectronic
dc.languageeng
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectSkull
dc.subjectAnimals
dc.subjectHominidae
dc.subjectHumans
dc.subjectBiodiversity
dc.subjectPhylogeny
dc.subjectModels, Biological
dc.subjectFossils
dc.subjectAfrica
dc.subjectPhylogeography
dc.titleDeciphering African late middle Pleistocene hominin diversity and the origin of our species.
dc.typeArticle
prism.issueIdentifier1
prism.publicationDate2019
prism.publicationNameNat Commun
prism.startingPage3406
prism.volume10
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.51039
dcterms.dateAccepted2019-05-14
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1038/s41467-019-11213-w
rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-09-10
dc.contributor.orcidMounier, Aurélien [0000-0001-9713-7246]
dc.contributor.orcidMirazón Lahr, Marta [0000-0001-5752-5770]
dc.identifier.eissn2041-1723
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
pubs.funder-project-idEuropean Research Council (295907)
cam.issuedOnline2019-09-10


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