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

J Hum Evol. 2007 Nov;53(5):465-74. doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2006.12.011. Epub 2007 Oct 17.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Africa
  • Animals
  • Asia
  • Climate*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Europe
  • Hominidae*
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological*
  • Population Dynamics