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Tectonics and human evolution

King, G. and Bailey, G. (2006) Tectonics and human evolution. Antiquity, 80 (308). pp. 265-286. ISSN 0003 598X

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The authors propose a new model for the origins of humans and their ecological adaptation. The evolutionary stimulus lies not in the savannah but in broken, hilly rough country where the early hominins could hunt and hide. Such ‘roughness’, generated by tectonic and volcanic movement characterises not only the African rift valley but probably the whole route of early hominin dispersal.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Africa, Rift Valley, human origins, hominins, H. erectus, H. ergaster
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Archaeology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2009 10:24
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2009 10:24
Published Version: http://www.antiquity.ac.uk/Ant/080/0265/ant0800265...
Status: Published
Publisher: American Psychiatric Association
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5607

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