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Late Pleistocene climate change and the global expansion of anatomically modern humans

Lycett, Stephen J., Eriksson, Anders, Betti, Lia, Friend, Andrew D., Singarayer, Joy S., Cramon-Taubadel, Noreen von, Valdes, Paul J., Balloux, Francois, Manica, Andrea (2012) Late Pleistocene climate change and the global expansion of anatomically modern humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 109 (40). pp. 16089-16094. ISSN 1091-6490. (doi:10.1073/pnas.1209494109) (KAR id:32004)

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The extent to which past climate change has dictated the pattern

humans is currently unclear [Stewart JR, Stringer CB (2012) Science

makes it difficult to quantify the effect of climate. Here, we

the appearance of fossils or archaeological evidence to determine

genetic variation in modern human populations to determine the

explicit model of the expansion of anatomically modern humans

Hadley Centre global climate model HadCM3 to quantify the possible

of demographic parameters compatible with the current genetic

on past population densities. Our estimates of this effect,

between current climate and population density in modern hunter–

of our approach. Furthermore, although we did not use any

arrival times in different continents predicted by our model are

Our framework provides the most accurate spatiotemporal reconstruction

will allow for a greater integration of genetic and archaeological


Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1073/pnas.1209494109
Uncontrolled keywords: human dispersals | colonization | population bottlenecks | net primary productivity | most recent common ancestor
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Q Science
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Stephen Lycett
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 16:10 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:43 UTC
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