Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 52, Issue 19, pp 2675–2679

New evidence for human occupation of the northern Tibetan Plateau, China during the Late Pleistocene

Articles Geology

DOI: 10.1007/s11434-007-0357-z

Cite this article as:
Yuan, B., Huang, W. & Zhang, D. CHINESE SCI BULL (2007) 52: 2675. doi:10.1007/s11434-007-0357-z


The described stone artifacts are recovered from the 70 m-high terrace (4600 m a.s.l.) at the southeastern shore of the Siling Co on the northern Tibetan Plateau. The terrace was formed during the Interstadial period before the LGM, ca. 40–30 ka B.P. based on paleoenvironmental research. The Paleoliths from the Siling Co provide evidence for early human occupation of the northern Tibetan Plateau. They show technological and typological affinities with the European Middle Paleolithic suggesting that the early human occupation here might relate to migratory waves during the Late Pleistocene that dispersed humans across the Old World.


northern Tibetan Plateau Siling Co’s Paleoliths Interstadial before the LGM migratory waves of early human 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geology and GeophysicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and PaleoanthropologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Department of GeographyHong Kong UniversityHong KongChina

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