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  Tropical forests in the deep human past

Scerri, E. M. L., Roberts, P., Maezumi, S. Y., & Malhi, Y. (2022). Tropical forests in the deep human past. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 377(1849): 2020.0500. doi:10.1098/rstb.2020.0500.

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Scerri, Eleanor M. L.1, Author              
Roberts, Patrick2, Author              
Maezumi, S. Yoshi , Author
Malhi, Yadvinder, Author
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1Lise Meitner Pan-African Evolution Research Group, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_3033582              
2isoTROPIC, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_3383319              

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Free keywords: tropics, human evolution, tropical forests, rainforest
 Abstract: Since Darwin, studies of human evolution have tended to give primacy to open ‘savannah’ environments as the ecological cradle of our lineage, with dense tropical forests cast as hostile, unfavourable frontiers. These perceptions continue to shape both the geographical context of fieldwork as well as dominant narratives concerning hominin evolution. This paradigm persists despite new, ground-breaking research highlighting the role of tropical forests in the human story. For example, novel research in Africa's rainforests has uncovered archaeological sites dating back into the Pleistocene; genetic studies have revealed very deep human roots in Central and West Africa and in the tropics of Asia and the Pacific; an unprecedented number of coexistent hominin species have now been documented, including Homo erectus, the ‘Hobbit’ (Homo floresiensis), Homo luzonensis, Denisovans, and Homo sapiens. Some of the earliest members of our own species to reach South Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania and the tropical Americas have shown an unexpected rapidity in their adaptation to even some of the more ‘extreme’ tropical settings. This includes the early human manipulation of species and even habitats. This volume builds on these currently disparate threads and, for the first time, draws together a group of interdisciplinary, agenda-setting papers that firmly places a broader spectrum of tropical environments at the heart of the deep human past

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2022-03-072022-04-25
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 12
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 Table of Contents: 1. The tropics: a frontier for the deep human past
2. African tropical forests
3. Southeast Asian and pacific forests
4. Neotropical forests
5. Synthesis
 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2020.0500
Other: shh3166
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Project name : PANTROPOCENE
Grant ID : 850709
Funding program : Horizon 2020 (H2020)
Funding organization : European Commission (EC)

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Title: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences
  Other : Philosophical Transactions B
  Abbreviation : Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B
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Publ. Info: London : Royal Society
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 377 (1849) Sequence Number: 2020.0500 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 0962-8436
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/963017382021_1