• Assessing the photoprotective effects of red ochre on human skin by in vitro laboratory experiments 

      Rifkin, Riaan; d'Errico, Francesco; Dayet-Boulliot, Laure; Summers, Beverley (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2015-03-27)
      Archaeological indicators of cognitive complexity become increasingly prevalent during the African Middle Stone Age, with the habitual exploitation of red ochre widely viewed as a key feature of the emergence of modern ...
    • Engraved bones from the archaic hominin site of Lingjing,Henan Province 

      Li, Zhanyang; Doyon, Luc; Li, Hao; Wang, Quiang; Zhang, zhongqiang; Zhao, Qingpo; d'Errico, Francesco (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019)
      The production of abstract engravings is considered an indicator of modern human cognition and a means for the long-term recording and transmission of information. This article reports the discovery of two engraved bones ...
    • Last Interglacial Iberian Neandertals as Fisher-Hunter-Gatherers 

      Zilhao, J; Angelucci, Diego; Araujo Igregia, M; Arnold, LJ; Badal, E; Callapez, P; Cardoso, JL; d'Errico, Francesco; Daura, J; Demuro, Martina; Deschamps, M; Dupont, Catherine; Gabriel, S; Hoffmann, Dirk L.; Legoinha, Paulo; Matias, Henrique; Monge Soares, A. M.; Nabais, Mariana; Portela, Paulo J. C.; Queffelec, Alain; Rodrigues, Filipe; Souto, Pedro (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2020)
      Marine food–reliant subsistence systems such as those in the African Middle Stone Age (MSA) were not thought to exist in Europe until the much later Mesolithic. Whether this apparent lag reflects taphonomic biases or ...
    • Manganese and iron oxide use at Combe-Grenal (Dordogne, France): A proxy for cultural change in Neanderthal communities 

      Dayet, Laure; Faivre, Jean-Philippe; Le Bourdonnec, F.X.; Discamps, Emmanuel; Royer, Aurélien; Claud, Emilie; Lahaye, Christelle; cantin, Nadia; Tartar, Elise; Queffelec, Alain; Gravina, Brad; Turq, Alain; d'Errico, Francesco (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019)
      Neanderthal material culture patterning in Western Europe has been primarily approached from retouched stone tools and associated flake production methods. While considerable effort has been devoted over the past decade ...
    • A Palaeolithic bird figurine from the Lingjing site, Henan, China 

      Li, Z; Doyon, Luc; Fang, Hui; Ledevin, Ronan; Queffelec, Alain; Raguin, Emilie; d'Errico, Francesco (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2020-06-10)
      The recent identification of cave paintings dated to 42–40 ka BP in Borneo and Sulawesi highlights the antiquity of painted representations in this region. However, no instances of three-dimensional portable art, well ...
    • Provenance, modification and use of manganese-rich rocks at Le Moustier (Dordogne, France) 

      Pitarch Marti, Africa; d'Errico, Francesco; Turq, Alain; Lebraud, E; Discamps, Emmanuel; Gravina, Brad (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019-07-17)
      The use of colouring materials by Neanderthals has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years. Here we present a taphonomic, technological, chemical-mineralogical and functional analysis of fifty-four manganese ...
    • Quantitative methods demonstrate that environment alone is an insufficient predictor of present-day language distributions in New Guinea 

      Antunes, Nicolas; Schiefenhövel, W; d'Errico, Francesco; Banks, William E.; Vanhaeren, Marian (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2020)
      Environmental parameters constrain the distributions of plant and animal species. A key question is to what extent does environment influence human behavior. Decreasing linguistic diversity from the equator towards the ...
    • Trajectories of cultural innovation from the Middle to Later Stone Age in Eastern Africa: Personal ornaments, bone artifacts, and ocher from Panga ya Saidi, Kenya 

      d'Errico, Francesco; Pitarch Marti, Africa; Shipton, Ceri; Le Vraux, Emma; Ndiema, Emmanuel; Goldstein, Steven; Petraglia, Michael D.; Boivin, Nicole (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2020-03-09)
      African Middle Stone Age (MSA) populations used pigments, manufactured and wore personal ornaments, made abstract engravings, and produced fully shaped bone tools. However, ongoing research across Africa reveals variability ...
    • Variability in Middle Stone Age symbolic traditions: The marine shell beads from Sibudu Cave, South Africa 

      Vanhaeren, Marian; Wadley, Lyn; d'Errico, Francesco (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019)
      Located in the KwaZulu-Natal, 15 km from the coast, Sibudu has yielded twenty-three marine gastropods, nine of which are perforated. At 70.5 ± 2.0 ka, in a Still Bay Industry, there is a cluster of perforated Afrolittorina ...