Understanding Climate’s Influence on Human Evolution

by Leslie Aiello, Ray Bernor, René Bobe et al.
National Research Council; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Board on Earth Sciences and Resources; Committee on the Earth System Context for Hominin Evolution, 2010

129 pp. 3.0 MB

The Earth’s geological record suggests that some evolutionary events were coincident with substantial changes in African and Eurasian climate, raising the possibility that critical junctures in human evolution and behavioural development may have been affected by the environmental characteristics of the areas where hominins evolved. Understanding Climate’s Change on Human Evolution explores the opportunities of using scientific research to improve our understanding of how climate may have helped shape our species.

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