A Middle Pleistocene Denisovan molar from the Annamite Chain of northern Laos.
Morley, Mike W
Dunn, Tyler E
Springer Science and Business Media LLC
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Demeter, F., Zanolli, C., Westaway, K. E., Joannes-Boyau, R., Duringer, P., Morley, M. W., Welker, F., et al. (2022). A Middle Pleistocene Denisovan molar from the Annamite Chain of northern Laos.. Nat Commun, 13 (1) https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-29923-z
The Pleistocene presence of the genus Homo in continental Southeast Asia is primarily evidenced by a sparse stone tool record and rare human remains. Here we report a Middle Pleistocene hominin specimen from Laos, with the discovery of a molar from the Tam Ngu Hao 2 (Cobra Cave) limestone cave in the Annamite Mountains. The age of the fossil-bearing breccia ranges between 164-131 kyr, based on the Bayesian modelling of luminescence dating of the sedimentary matrix from which it was recovered, U-series dating of an overlying flowstone, and U-series-ESR dating of associated faunal teeth. Analyses of the internal structure of the molar in tandem with palaeoproteomic analyses of the enamel indicate that the tooth derives from a young, likely female, Homo individual. The close morphological affinities with the Xiahe specimen from China indicate that they belong to the same taxon and that Tam Ngu Hao 2 most likely represents a Denisovan.
Article, /631/181/414, /631/181/19/2471, /631/181/27, /631/337/475, /82/58, /59/78, article
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-29923-z
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/337272
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