Modern humans, and no more Neanderthals, present in Italy and Greece 45,000 years ago?

The Uluzzian is a stone tool industry found stratigraphically between the late Mousterian and the early Upper Palaeolithic at sites in Italy and Greece. It’s a flake-based industry with lunates, crescent-shaped backed pieces, as type fossil. Alongside these lithic types bone points, perforated shell beads and mineral pigments are found. Only at one site, Cavallo…

Châtelperronian and late Mousterian at Les Bossats (Paris Basin)

The recent discovery (2009) and excavation of the open-air site of Ormesson (Seine-et-Marne – France) revealed an interesting  sequence of Gravettian – Solutrean – Châtelperronian – Middle Palaeolithic, unique for Northern France. The latest publication in Quaternary International focusses on level 4, the discoidal Mousterian. Preservation at the site is exceptional with animal bones, remnants…