Paleoanthropology. Early human presence in the Arctic: Evidence from 45,000-year-old mammoth remains.

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Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Pitulko, Vladimir V; Tikhonov, Alexei N; Pavlova, Elena Y; Nikolskiy, Pavel A; Kuper, Konstantin E; Polozov, Roman N
Year of Publication: 2016
Journal: Science
Volume: 351
Issue: 6270
Pagination: 260-3
Date Published: 2016 Jan 15
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 1095-9203
Keywords: Animals, Anthropology, Arctic Regions, Bone and Bones, Europe, Human Activities, Human Migration, Humans, Mammoths, Paleontology, Siberia

Archaeological evidence for human dispersal through northern Eurasia before 40,000 years ago is rare. In west Siberia, the northernmost find of that age is located at 57°N. Elsewhere, the earliest presence of humans in the Arctic is commonly thought to be circa 35,000 to 30,000 years before the present. A mammoth kill site in the central Siberian Arctic, dated to 45,000 years before the present, expands the populated area to almost 72°N. The advancement of mammoth hunting probably allowed people to survive and spread widely across northernmost Arctic Siberia.

DOI: 10.1126/science.aad0554
Alternate Journal: Science