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Science. 2018 Oct 26;362(6413). pii: eaat6598. doi: 10.1126/science.aat6598.

Comment on "The earliest modern humans outside Africa".

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1
Berkeley Geochronology Center, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA. wsharp@bgc.org.
2
U.S. Geological Survey-Denver Radiogenic Isotope Lab, Box 25046, MS963, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225, USA.

Abstract

Hershkovitz et al (Reports, 26 January 2018, p. 456) interpreted the Misliya-1 fossil maxilla as evidence of the earliest known anatomically modern human outside Africa. However, the fossil's reported age of 177,000 to 194,000 years relies on flawed interpretations of uranium-series data. We contend that those data support a minimum age of no more than ~60,000 to 70,000 years.

PMID:
30361342
DOI:
10.1126/science.aat6598
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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