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Human Dispersal from Siberia to Beringia: Assessing a Beringian Standstill in Light of the Archaeological Evidence

Current Anthropology Cover ImageA new article in Current Anthropology, “Human Dispersal from Siberia to Beringia: Assessing a Beringian Standstill in Light of the Archaeological Evidence”¬†by Kelly Graf and Ian Buvit in which they present an overview of the Siberian and Beringian Upper Paleolithic records and discuss them in the context of a Beringian Standstill. They report that not every expectation of the model is met with archaeological data at hand.

Abstract”¬†With genetic studies showing unquestionable Asian origins of the first Americans, the Siberian and Beringian archaeological records are absolutely critical for understanding the initial dispersal of modern humans in the Western Hemisphere. The genetics-based Beringian Standstill Model posits a three-stage dispersal process and necessitates several expectations of the archaeological record of northeastern Asia. Here we present an overview of the Siberian and Beringian Upper Paleolithic records and discuss them in the context of a Beringian Standstill. We report that not every expectation of the model is met with archaeological data at hand.

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