Upper pleistocene human remains from Vindija cave, Croatia, Yugoslavia
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American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Human remains excavated from Vindija cave include a large although fragmentary sample of late Mousterian-associated specimens and a few additional individuals from the overlying early Upper Paleolithic levels. The Mousterian-associated sample is similar to European Neandertals from other regions. Compared with earlier Neandertals from south central Europe, this sample evinces evolutionary trends in the direction of Upper Paleolithic Europeans. Compared with the western European Neandertals, the same trends can be demonstrated, although the magnitude of difference is less, and there is a potential for confusing temporal with regional sources of variation. The early Upper Paleolithic-associated sample cannot be distinguished from the Mousterian-associated hominids. We believe that this site provides support for Hrdlička's “Neandertal phase” of human evolution, as it was originally applied in Europe.
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Wolpoff, Milford H.; Smith, Fred H.; Malez, Mirko; and Radovčić, Jakov, "Upper pleistocene human remains from Vindija cave, Croatia, Yugoslavia" (1981). KIP Articles. 7109.