Changing Climate, Human Evolution, and the Revival of Environmental Determinism

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    Abstract

    The role of climatic change in determining the shape of human evolution,
    a theme that came to prominence during the early years of the twentieth
    century, has resurfaced with renewed vigor. The author examines the rise and
    resurgence of the modern history of the idea that hominid evolutionary pathways
    have been triggered by climatic causes to illustrate the continuing vitality of environmental determinism and to highlight some continuities between early-twentieth century and contemporary archaeoanthropology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)564-595
    JournalBulletin of the History of Medicine
    Volume86
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Keywords

    • climate, environmental determinism, eugenics, paleontology, migration

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