Out of Africa I
For the first two thirds of our evolutionary history, we hominins were restricted to Africa. Dating from about two million years ago, hominin fossils first appear in Eurasia. This volume addresses many of the issues surrounding this initial hominin intercontinental dispersal. Why did hominins first leave Africa in the early Pleistocene and not earlier? What do we know about the adaptations of the hominins that dispersed - their diet, locomotor abilities, cultural abilities? Was there a single dispersal event or several? Was the hominin dispersal part of a broader faunal expansion of African mammals northward? What route or routes did dispersing populations take?
- Addresses the many facets of the first hominin range expansion from Africa into Eurasia- Discusses aspects as geography, climate, faunal composition and hominin culture that enabled or led to the initial dispersal of hominins into Eurasia- Contains individual articles by experts from all over the world in the fields of paleontology, archaeology and geology