By Sacha C. Jones, Brian A. Stewart
Bringing jointly archaeological, paleoenvironmental, paleontological and genetic information, this e-book makes a primary try and reconstruct African inhabitants histories from out species' evolution to the Holocene. Africa in the course of Marine Isotope phases (MIS) 6 to two (~190-12,000 years in the past) witnessed the organic improvement and behavioral florescence of our species. smooth human inhabitants dynamics, which concerned a number of inhabitants expansions, dispersals, contractions and extinctions, performed a important function in our species’ evolutionary trajectory. thus far, the demographic approaches – smooth human inhabitants sizes, distributions and pursuits – that happened inside Africa in this serious interval were always under-addressed.
The authors of this quantity goal at (1) studying the impression of this glacial-interglacial- glacial cycle on human workforce sizes, events and distributions all through Africa; (2) investigating the macro- and micro-evolutionary procedures underpinning our species’ anatomical and behavioral evolution; and (3) environment an time table wherein Africa can reap the benefits of, and at last give a contribution to, the more and more subtle theoretical and methodological palaeodemographic frameworks built on different continents.
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Evidence for landscapes on the submerged continental shelf has, for obvious reasons, been largely lacking. Recent geophysical surveying approaches suggest that there is potential to resolve this issue (Cawthra et al. 2014). Contemporary Setting and Drivers of Change Landscape The landscape of the southern Cape is today dominated by two key elements: (1) the Cape Fold Belt Mountains; and (2) a coastal platform. The Cape Fold Belt formed from the orogeny of the Ordovician Table Mountain Group (TMG) sandstones during the late Paleozoic, and today the eroded remnants of these mountains form a series of broadly coast-parallel ridges separating the southern Cape from the continental interior (Deacon et al.
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5 ka and *66–58 ka, respectively; Jacobs et al. 2008), which have attracted particular interest (Jacobs et al. 2008; Compton 2011; McCall and Thomas 2012; Sealy 2016). Geographically (Fig. 2), 26 Context Given long-standing attempts to consider aspects of hominin evolution in the context of global-scale climatic forcing, there remains an impetus to provide contextual environmental information for fossil ﬁnds or sites of human occupation. These may be variously derived from local proxy data (perhaps from the same strata as the fossil material) or archives of “global-scale” change, epitomized by marine and ice core archives (Behrensmeyer 2006; Kingston 2007; deMenocal 2011).
Africa from MIS 6-2: Population Dynamics and Paleoenvironments by Sacha C. Jones, Brian A. Stewart