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Closed Access item Late survival of Neanderthals at the southernmost extreme of Europe

Authors:Finlayson, Clive
Giles Pacheco, Francisco
Rodríguez Vidal, Joaquín
Fa, Darren A.
Gutiérrez López, José María
Santiago Pérez, Antonio
Finlayson, Geraldine
Allué, E.
Baena Preysler, J.
Cáceres, Isabel
Carrión, José S.
Fernández Jalvo, Yolanda
Gleed-Owen, Christopher P.
Jiménez Espejo, Francisco J.
López Martínez, Pilar
López Sáez, José Antonio
Riquelme Cantal, José Antonio
Sánchez Marco, Antonio
Giles Guzmán, Francisco
Brown, Kimberly
Fuentes, Noemí
Valarino, Claire A.
Villalpando, Antonio
Stringer, Christopher B.
Martínez-Ruiz, Francisca
Sakamoto, Tatsuhiko
Issue Date:19-Oct-2006
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
Citation:Nature 443: 850-853 (2006)
Abstract:The late survival of archaic hominin populations and their long contemporaneity with modern humans is now clear for southeast Asia1. In Europe the extinction of the Neanderthals, firmly associated with Mousterian technology, has received much attention, and evidence of their survival after 35 kyr BP has recently been put in doubt2. Here we present data, based on a high-resolution record of human occupation from Gorham’s Cave, Gibraltar, that establish the survival of a population of Neanderthals to 28 kyr BP. These Neanderthals survived in the southernmost point of Europe, within a particular physiographic context, and are the last currently recorded anywhere. Our results show that the Neanderthals survived in isolated refuges well after the arrival of modern humans in Europe.
Description:4 pages, 1 table, 1 figure.
Publisher version (URL):http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature05195
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