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dc.contributor.authorFlorin, SA
dc.contributor.authorFairbairn, AS
dc.contributor.authorNango, M
dc.contributor.authorDjandjomerr, D
dc.contributor.authorMarwick, B
dc.contributor.authorFullagar, R
dc.contributor.authorSmith, M
dc.contributor.authorWallis, LA
dc.contributor.authorClarkson, C
dc.date.accessioned2020-02-19T05:57:57Z
dc.date.available2020-02-19T05:57:57Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.issn2041-1723
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/s41467-020-14723-0
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/391691
dc.description.abstractThere is little evidence for the role of plant foods in the dispersal of early modern humans into new habitats globally. Researchers have hypothesised that early movements of human populations through Island Southeast Asia and into Sahul were driven by the lure of high-calorie, low-handling-cost foods, and that the use of plant foods requiring processing was not common in Sahul until the Holocene. Here we present the analysis of charred plant food remains from Madjedbebe rockshelter in northern Australia, dated to between 65 kya and 53 kya. We demonstrate that Australia’s earliest known human population exploited a range of plant foods, including those requiring processing. Our finds predate existing evidence for such subsistence practices in Sahul by at least 23ky. These results suggest that dietary breadth underpinned the success of early modern human populations in this region, with the expenditure of labour on the processing of plants guaranteeing reliable access to nutrients in new environments.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom924:1
dc.relation.ispartofpageto924:8
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalNature Communications
dc.relation.ispartofvolume11
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHistory and Archaeology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode21
dc.titleThe first Australian plant foods at Madjedbebe, 65,000–53,000 years ago
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationFlorin, SA; Fairbairn, AS; Nango, M; Djandjomerr, D; Marwick, B; Fullagar, R; Smith, M; Wallis, LA; Clarkson, C, The first Australian plant foods at Madjedbebe, 65,000–53,000 years ago, Nature Communications, 2020, 11 (1), pp. 924:1-924:8
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dc.date.updated2020-02-19T03:49:05Z
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