Significance of Ecological Factors in the Middle to Upper Paleolithic Transition

@article{Golovanova2010SignificanceOE,
  title={Significance of Ecological Factors in the Middle to Upper Paleolithic Transition},
  author={Liubov V. Golovanova and Vladimir Doronichev and Naomi Cleghorn and M. A. Koulkova and T. V. Sapelko and M. Steven Shackley},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={2010},
  volume={51},
  pages={655 - 691}
}
For the first time, we have identified evidence that the disappearance of Neanderthals in the Caucasus coincides with a volcanic eruption at about 40,000 BP. Our data support the hypothesis that the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in western Eurasia correlates with a global volcanogenic catastrophe. The coeval volcanic eruptions (from a large Campanian Ignimbrite eruption to a smaller eruption in the Central Caucasus) had an unusually sudden and devastating effect on the ecology and… 

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