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 Niah Cave

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Recent research

The Smithsonian has a discusion of the Tam Pa Ling cave human skeletal remains from Laos. The authors of the original article believe that the skull is very well dated and is 41-56,000 years old. As the skull appears to have been washed into the cave, and there is no evidence of human occupation in the cave, I remain skeptical of the stratigraphic context and dating of the human remains (Demeter, F. et al. 2015. Anatomically modern human in Southeast Asia (Laos) by 46 ka. PNAS 109: 14375–14380).