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  Hominin site distributions and behaviours across the Mid-Pleistocene climate transition in China

Yang, S., Yue, J.-P., Zhou, X., Storozum, M., Huan, F.-X., Deng, C.-L., et al. (2020). Hominin site distributions and behaviours across the Mid-Pleistocene climate transition in China. Quaternary Science Reviews, 248: 106614. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106614.

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Yang, Shixia1, Author              
Yue, Jian-Ping, Author
Zhou, Xinying, Author
Storozum, Michael1, Author              
Huan, Fa-Xiang, Author
Deng, Cheng-Long, Author
Petraglia, Michael D.1, Author              
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1Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074312              

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Free keywords: Archaeological site distributions, Pleistocene archaeology, Palaeolithic, Hominin behaviour, Large Cutting Tools
 Abstract: Knowledge about the Early and Middle Pleistocene hominin record of China is steadily increasing owing to the on-going implementation of palaeoanthropological surveys and excavations. Yet, relatively little attention has been paid to the effects of climate variability on hominin populations in China and its influence on archaeological site distributions and hominin behaviours. The Mid-Pleistocene climate transition (MPT), dating to between ∼1.2–0.7 Ma in Eastern Asia, is characterized by significant changes in the length and intensity of glacial-interglacial cycles and in monsoon intensity and terrestrial conditions, which have been implicated in influencing the occupation history of basins within China. Here, the MPT is examined relative to archaeological site distributions across China to determine potential long-term geographic and behavioural effects on hominin populations before, during and after this critical period. Changes in the geographic distribution of hominins are demonstrated across the MPT, with significant shifts in the number of sites in high and low latitudes, likely as a response to changing ecosystems. Technological innovations, including the development of Large Cutting Tools, occur in the MPT and afterwards, possibly a response to the formation of open habitats in South China. Geographic and behavioural shifts in the hominin record challenge traditional views about the long-term, conservative nature of the biological and cultural evolution of hominins in Eastern Asia, and instead demonstrate dynamic responses of populations to ecosystem changes across the Early and Middle Pleistocene.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2020-10-062020-11-15
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 17
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 Table of Contents: 1. Introduction

2. The Mid-Pleistocene climate transition and ecosystem changes

3. Methods and dataset

4. Trends across the quaternary in China
4.1. Changes in site distributions: moving southward
4.2. Innovations in stone tool manufacture

5. Discussion

6. Conclusions
 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106614
Other: shh2737
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Title: Quaternary Science Reviews
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Publ. Info: Oxford : Pergamon
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 248 Sequence Number: 106614 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 0277-3791
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925505268