Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences

, Volume 87, Issue 2, pp 165–171 | Cite as

The Upper Paleolithic man from Markina Gora: Morphology vs. genetics?

  • V. G. MoiseevEmail author
  • V. I. Khartanovich
  • A. V. Zubova
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The latest results of anthropological studies of bone remains from the earliest Upper Paleolithic burial discovered on Russian territory, the Markina Gora site (Kostenki 14), are described. Multivariate statistical methods and parallel studies of the buried skull structure and dentition established that their morphological characteristics undoubtedly belonged to the Caucasian complex. In combination with paleogenetic data, the findings contradict the earlier hypothesis of the southern origin of the Kostenki 14 individual and its similarity to the population of the Australo-Melanesian region.


Kostenki 14 Markina Gora Upper Paleolithic craniology odontology paleogenetics anthropology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. G. Moiseev
    • 1
    Email author
  • V. I. Khartanovich
    • 1
  • A. V. Zubova
    • 2
  1. 1.Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera)Russian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia

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