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The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change is an extensive survey of the interdisciplinary science of environmental change that examines the historic importance and future development of the field over two volumes. With over 40 chapters, the books situate key arguments and debates by examining a retrospective audit of the discipline, its changing nature and diversity of approaches, key theoretical paradigms, its resonances between sub-fields and other disciplines, and its relationships to theory, research and practice. Global in its coverage, scientific and theoretical in its approach, the books bring together an international set of respected editors and contributors to provide an exciting, timely addition to the literature on climate change.
Chapter 38: Testing the Role of Climate Change in Human Evolution
Testing the Role of Climate Change in Human Evolution
The potential importance of both long and short-term climatic change on the evolution of our species has long been acknowledged. Indeed environmental change has underpinned many of the proposed mechanisms behind models of human evolution, including population movement, isolation, specific adaptation and speciation. One significant problem with testing these ideas, however, is identifying the appropriate environmental evidence for a region and directly relating this evidence to the archaeological record. This chapter looks at some of the ongoing scientific debates into the role of climate on the evolutionary history of our species. In scope it cannot encompass the entire evolutionary history of the hominid line, ...