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Dishing the dirt: sediments reveal a famous early human cave site was also home to hyenas and wolves

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Abstract


  • Denisova Cave in Siberia’s Altai Mountains is one of the world’s most important

    archaeological sites. It is famous for preserving evidence of three early human groups:

    Neanderthals, early Homo sapiens, and a third group known as the Denisovans.

    Fossil bones, stone tools and ancient DNA gathered from the cave have told a story that is

    extremely significant for understanding the early chapters of human evolution in Asia,

    going back 300,000 years.

    But our new analysis of the cave’s dirt floor reveals that it was also frequented by hyenas,

    wolves, and even bears for much of its history.

UOW Authors


  •   Morley, Mike W. (external author)
  •   Goldberg, Paul (external author)
  •   Roberts, Richard

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Morley, M. W., Goldberg, P. & Roberts, R. 'Bert'. (2019). Dishing the dirt: sediments reveal a famous early human cave site was also home to hyenas and wolves. The Conversation, 26 Sept 1-5.

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  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1941&context=smhpapers1

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers1/927

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 5

Volume


  • 26 Sept

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Denisova Cave in Siberia’s Altai Mountains is one of the world’s most important

    archaeological sites. It is famous for preserving evidence of three early human groups:

    Neanderthals, early Homo sapiens, and a third group known as the Denisovans.

    Fossil bones, stone tools and ancient DNA gathered from the cave have told a story that is

    extremely significant for understanding the early chapters of human evolution in Asia,

    going back 300,000 years.

    But our new analysis of the cave’s dirt floor reveals that it was also frequented by hyenas,

    wolves, and even bears for much of its history.

UOW Authors


  •   Morley, Mike W. (external author)
  •   Goldberg, Paul (external author)
  •   Roberts, Richard

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Morley, M. W., Goldberg, P. & Roberts, R. 'Bert'. (2019). Dishing the dirt: sediments reveal a famous early human cave site was also home to hyenas and wolves. The Conversation, 26 Sept 1-5.

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1941&context=smhpapers1

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers1/927

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 5

Volume


  • 26 Sept

Place Of Publication


  • Australia