New research found that humans have been living in the Siberian Arctic 45,000 years ago.
Looks like our ancestors have not been bothered by the cold. A new paper reveals that humans have been around in Siberian arctic already 45,000 years ago. The finding is based on a frozen mammoth carcass bearing injuries inflicted by weapons.
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Archaeological evidence for humans living in northern Eurasia before 40,000 years ago is rare. In west Siberia, the northernmost find of that age is located at 57°N.
Elsewhere, the earliest presence of humans in the Arctic is commonly thought to be circa 35,000 to 30,000 years before the present. A mammoth kill site in the central Siberian Arctic, dated to 45,000 years before the present, expands the populated area to almost 72°N.
The advancement of mammoth hunting probably allowed people to survive and spread widely across northernmost Arctic Siberia.
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The paper titled "Early human presence in the Arctic: Evidence from 45,000-year-old mammoth remains" has been published on Science Mag.