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Chronology of the earliest prehistoric settlements in Europe. When did Homo reach Europe?

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Today, few prehistoric sites in Europe document the Early Pleistocene period ranging from 2.0 to 0.8 Ma. With the exception of Dmanisi in Georgia, for which Ar/Ar dates suggest that hominids reached the Caucasus area 1.8 Ma ago from Africa, most of these sites are extremely difficult to date because of the absence of “associated” volcanic layers. However, other dating methods can be used and compared with results obtained by other methods such as biochronology and magnetostratigraphy, in order to provide a chronological framework for this period. This is the case for occidental European sites for which a multi-disciplinary approach suggests that Western Europe was first inhabited from 1.3 Ma to 0.7 Ma.

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