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Eurasian Hominins

Eurasian Collaboration

History

Since 2010 Prof. Liu Wu, Dr Wu Xiujie and Dr. Xing Song from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of Beijing and Dr. María Martinón-Torres and Prof. José María Bermúdez de Castro from UCL and Atapuerca Research Team have been collaborating in understanding the origin, evolution and dispersals of hominins in Eurasia.


Research

Several articles have been published in high-impact scientific journals, including a hypothetical model to explain the hominin variability and settlement of continental China and the morphological characterization of the dental samples from Hexian, Yiyuan and Panxian Dadong, Xiujiayao and Daoxian. The latter represents the earliest H. sapiens in China and has forced us to reconsider previous models about the origins and dispersals of our own species. As a whole, this research is highlighting the importance of Eurasia as center of speciation and not a mere recipient of out-of-Africa dispersals. Since 2013, this research is supported by the Chinese Academy of Science, through the project “The comparison of hominin fossils between China and Spain, and human origins and evolution in Eurasia” led by Professor Liu Wu.


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