The first three authors contributed equally to this work.
New data on the late Neandertals: Direct dating of the Belgian Spy fossils
Article first published online: 10 NOV 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume 138, Issue 4, pages 421–428, April 2009
How to Cite
Semal, P., Rougier, H., Crevecoeur, I., Jungels, C., Flas, D., Hauzeur, A., Maureille, B., Germonpré, M., Bocherens, H., Pirson, S., Cammaert, L., De Clerck, N., Hambucken, A., Higham, T., Toussaint, M. and van der Plicht, J. (2009), New data on the late Neandertals: Direct dating of the Belgian Spy fossils. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 138: 421–428. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.20954
- Issue published online: 11 MAR 2009
- Article first published online: 10 NOV 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 SEP 2008
- Manuscript Received: 23 JUL 2008
- FRS-FNRS. Grant Number: 2005-2006/1.5.287
- NERC. Grant Number: NE/D014077/1
- northwest Europe;
- Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition;
In Eurasia, the period between 40,000 and 30,000 BP saw the replacement of Neandertals by anatomically modern humans (AMH) during and after the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition. The human fossil record for this period is very poorly defined with no overlap between Neandertals and AMH on the basis of direct dates. Four new 14C dates were obtained on the two adult Neandertals from Spy (Belgium). The results show that Neandertals survived to at least ≈36,000 BP in Belgium and that the Spy fossils may be associated to the Lincombian–Ranisian–Jerzmanowician, a transitional techno-complex defined in northwest Europe and recognized in the Spy collections. The new data suggest that hypotheses other than Neandertal acculturation by AMH may be considered in this part of Europe. Am J Phys Anthropol, 2009. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.