A new radiocarbon revolution and the dispersal of modern humans in Eurasia

Nature. 2006 Feb 23;439(7079):931-5. doi: 10.1038/nature04521.


Radiocarbon dating has been fundamental to the study of human cultural and biological development over the past 50,000 yr. Two recent developments in the methodology of radiocarbon dating show that the speed of colonization of Europe by modern human populations was more rapid than previously believed, and that their period of coexistence with the preceding Neanderthal was shorter.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anthropology / methods*
  • Asia
  • Carbon Radioisotopes
  • Emigration and Immigration / history*
  • Europe
  • History, Ancient
  • Hominidae / physiology
  • Humans
  • Paleontology / methods*


  • Carbon Radioisotopes