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Timing the first human migration into eastern Asia

Roscoe Stanyon1*, Marco Sazzini2 and Donata Luiselli2

Author Affiliations

1 University of Florence, Department of Evolutionary Biology, Laboratories of Anthropology, Via del Proconsolo 12, 50122 Florence, Italy

2 University of Bologna, Department of Experimental Evolutionary Biology, Via Selmi 3, 40126 Bologna, Italy

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Journal of Biology 2009, 8:18  doi:10.1186/jbiol115

Published: 6 February 2009

Abstract

A recent report in BMC Biology indicates that modern humans first arrived in southern East Asia 60,000 years ago and settled the rest of East Asia from there. This early date and migration route has significant implications for our understanding of the origins of present-day human populations.