Africa from MIS 6-2: Population Dynamics and Paleoenvironments

  title={Africa from MIS 6-2: Population Dynamics and Paleoenvironments},
  author={Sacha Jones and Brian A. Stewart},
  journal={Africa from MIS 6-2},
T volume includes papers from a conference held at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in 2010. The aim of the conference was to examine the histories of populations on the African continent through the use of a variety of data sets—archaeology, genetics, paleoenvironments, and paleontology—to reach a more nuanced understanding of hominin skeletal and behavioral evolution, how populations were spatially distributed across Africa, and the impact of climatic factors on group size… 
Heading north: Late Pleistocene environments and human dispersals in central and eastern Asia
It is demonstrated that regions such as the Gobi Desert and the Altai Mountain chains could have periodically acted as corridors and routes for human dispersals and framing biological interactions between hominin populations, test this proposition by constructing Least Cost Path models of human dispersal under glacial and interstadial conditions between prominent archaeological sites in Central and East Asia.
A dispersal of Homo sapiens from southern to eastern Africa immediately preceded the out-of-Africa migration
A mitochondrial signal of such a dispersal soon after ~70 ka is identified – the only time in the last 200,000 years that humid climate conditions encompassed southern and tropical Africa.
Landscape-scale perspectives on Stone Age behavioural change from the Tankwa Karoo, South Africa
  • E. Hallinan
  • Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa
  • 2021
ABSTRACT Southern Africa is an ecologically highly varied region, yet many generalisations about past human behaviour are drawn from rock shelter sites in coastal and montane Fynbos Biome
Defining the ‘generalist specialist’ niche for Pleistocene Homo sapiens
It is argued, based on comparison with the available information for other members of the genus Homo, that the authors' species developed a new ecological niche, that of the ‘generalist specialist’, and how their species became the last surviving hominin on the planet is argued.
Assemblage variability and bifacial points in the lowermost Sibudan layers at Sibudu, South Africa
Building on the important work of Lyn Wadley at Sibudu, archeologists from the University of Tübingen have excavated the upper stratigraphic units of the Middle Stone Age (MSA) sequence down to the
Aquatic fauna from the Takarkori rock shelter reveals the Holocene central Saharan climate and palaeohydrography
The abundant faunal remains from the Takarkori rock shelter in the Tadrart Acacus region of southwestern Libya are described, which illustrates the more humid environmental conditions in the Central Sahara during early and middle Holocene times.
Title : Seasonal scheduling of shellfish collection in the Middle and 1 Later Stone Ages of southern Africa 2 3
20 This study assesses the seasonal scheduling of shellfish harvesting among hunter-gatherer 21 populations along the southernmost coast of South Africa, based on a large number of serial 22 oxygen
Lowland forest collapse and early human impacts at the end of the African Humid Period at Lake Edward, equatorial East Africa
Abstract In Africa, the early Holocene was characterized by wetter, warmer conditions than today, followed by rapid aridification at ~5.2 ka. However, a lack of lowland vegetation records has
Homo naledi and Pleistocene hominin evolution in subequatorial Africa
H. naledi casts the fossil and archaeological records into a new light, as it is now evident that a diversity of hominin lineages existed in this region, with some divergent lineages contributing DNA to living humans and at least H. nalingi representing a survivor from the earliest stages of diversification within Homo.
The Middle Stone Age occupations of Tiémassas, coastal West Africa, between 62 and 25 thousand years ago
Abstract Chronometrically dated Pleistocene records of human occupations of West Africa are rare but offer critical information with which to explore patterns of human origins and adaptation both


Implications of Nubian-Like Core Reduction Systems in Southern Africa for the Identification of Early Modern Human Dispersals
Data from the South African Middle Stone Age sites Uitpanskraal 7 and Mertenhof are presented suggesting that Nubian core reduction systems associated with Late Pleistocene populations in North Africa and potentially with early human migrations out of Africa in MIS 5 also occur in southern Africa during early MIS 3 and with no clear connection to the North African occurrence.
Thinking through the Middle Stone Age of sub-Saharan Africa
It shows that anatomically modern humans have evolved by ∼200 ka in the region, and that relatively high levels of symbolic behaviour, and behavioural and cognitive complexity were achieved long before the previous 40–50 ka benchmark.
Sink the Mousterian? Named stone tool industries (NASTIES) as obstacles to investigating hominin evolutionary relationships in the Later Middle Paleolithic Levant
The Later Middle Paleolithic lithic archaeological record for the East Mediterranean Levant has been invoked to support competing and contradictory models for the evolutionary relationships between
2D geometric morphometric analysis casts doubt on the validity of large tanged points as cultural markers in the European Final Palaeolithic
Abstract Large tanged points are known from several Final Palaeolithic technocomplexes in Europe. In different regions, they are known by different labels (e.g. Bromme points, Lyngby points, and