Tectonics and human evolution

Geoffrey King, Geoff N. Bailey

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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.

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


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


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