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Alexander Harcourt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520272118

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520272118.001.0001

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Climate, and Hominin Evolution and Dispersal

Climate, and Hominin Evolution and Dispersal

(p.53) 3 Climate, and Hominin Evolution and Dispersal
Human Biogeography

Alexander H. Harcourt

University of California Press

We know that climate affects the evolution and distribution of species. Showing that climate affected human evolution is difficult because we have in effect a sample of one, in other words, the equivalent of an anecdote. Climate definitely affected our spread around the world, however. For example, we arrived far later in the cold, northern latitudes than in the tropical latitudes outside of Africa.

Keywords:   Americas, bovids, climate, environment, grasslands, Ice Age, latitude, Siberia

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