Tectonics and human evolution

Geoffrey King, Geoff N. Bailey

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-286
Number of pages22
JournalAntiquity
Volume80
Issue number308
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Africa
  • H. erectus
  • H. ergaster
  • Hominins
  • Human origins
  • Rift Valley

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