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Bows and arrows and complex symbolic displays 48,000 years ago in the South Asian tropics

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Science Advances  12 Jun 2020:
Vol. 6, no. 24, eaba3831
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aba3831

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vol. 6 no. 24

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  • Received for publication November 27, 2019
  • Accepted for publication April 21, 2020
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  1. Michelle C. Langley1,*,
  2. Noel Amano2,
  3. Oshan Wedage2,3,
  4. Siran Deraniyagala4,
  5. M.M Pathmalal5,
  6. Nimal Perera4,
  7. Nicole Boivin2,6,7,8,
  8. Michael D. Petraglia2,6,8 and
  9. Patrick Roberts2,6
  1. 1Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
  2. 2Department of Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany.
  3. 3Department of History and Archaeology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Gangodawila, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka.
  4. 4Department of Archaeology, Government of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  5. 5Department of Zoology, Centre for Water Quality and Algae Research, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Gangodawila, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka.
  6. 6School of Social Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
  7. 7Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.
  8. 8Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA.
  1. *Corresponding author. Email: m.langley{at}


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