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Investigating early hominin dispersal patterns: developing a framework for climate data integration

Hughes, J. K., Haywood, A., Mithen, S. J., Sellwood, B. W. and Valdes, P. J. (2007) Investigating early hominin dispersal patterns: developing a framework for climate data integration. Journal of Human Evolution, 53 (5). pp. 465-474. ISSN 0047-2484

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2006.12.011

Abstract/Summary

An investigation using the Stepping Out model of early hominin dispersal out of Africa is presented here. The late arrival of early hominins into Europe, as deduced from the fossil record, is shown to be consistent with poor ability of these hominins to survive in the Eurasian landscape. The present study also extends the understanding of modelling results from the original study by Mithen and Reed (2002. Stepping out: a computer simulation of hominid dispersal from Africa. J. Hum. Evol. 43, 433-462). The representation of climate and vegetation patterns has been improved through the use of climate model output. This study demonstrates that interpretative confidence may be strengthened, and new insights gained when climate models and hominin dispersal models are integrated. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Scientific Archaeology
ID Code:3656
Uncontrolled Keywords:Homo erectus computer model EARLIEST HUMAN OCCUPATION LOWER PLEISTOCENE NORTH-AFRICA HUMAN-EVOLUTION HOMO-ERECTUS AGE EUROPE INDONESIA SITES SPAIN
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