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Tectonics and human evolution

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Geoffrey King
1Laboratoire Tectonique, Institut de Physique du Globe Paris, 4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris, France (Email:
Geoff Bailey
2Department of Archaeology, University of York, King's Manor, York, YO1 7EP, UK (Email:
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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.

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