Testing modern human out-of-Africa dispersal models using dental nonmetric data

Hugo Reyes-Centeno, Hannes Rathmann, Tsunehiko Hanihara, Katerina Harvati

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The mode and timing of the dispersal of modern humans out of Africa and into Eurasia has important implications for the genetic and phenotypic structure of extant human populations. However, no consensus exists on the number, geographic route, and chronology of dispersal events. In this paper, we review competing dispersal models and evaluate their spatial and temporal predictions against geographical distances between population samples and measures of population differentiation derived from nonmetric dental data. The implications of our results for the modern human expansion into Asia are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S406-S417
JournalCurrent Anthropology
StatePublished - Dec 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG FOR 2237, “Words, Bones, Genes, Tools: Tracking Linguistic, Cultural, and Biological Trajectories of the Human Past”) and the Gerda Henkel Foundation. We thank Domenico Giusti for assistance with programming procedures in R.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 by The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology


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