Early and Middle Pleistocene Faunal and Hominins Dispersals through Southwestern Asia

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Early and Middle Pleistocene Faunal and Hominins Dispersals through Southwestern Asia

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Title: Early and Middle Pleistocene Faunal and Hominins Dispersals through Southwestern Asia
Author: Bar-Yosef, Ofer; Belmaker, Miriam

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Citation: Bar-Yosef, Ofer and Miriam Belmaker. Forthcoming. Early and Middle Pleistocene faunal and hominins dispersals through Southwestern Asia. Quaternary Science Reviews 29.
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Abstract: This review summarizes the paleoecology of the Early and Middle Pleistocene of southwestern Asia, based on both flora and fauna, retrieved from a series of ‘windows’ provided by the excavated sites. The incomplete chrono-stratigraphy of this vast region does not allow to accept the direct chronological correlation between the available sites and events of faunal and hominin dispersals from Africa. It also demonstrates that hominins survived in a mixed landscape of open parkland with forested surrounding hills. In addition, the prevailing environmental conditions are not sufficient to explain successful adaptations to new ecological niches away from the African savanna of the bearers of ‘core and flake’ and the Acheulian industries, The differences in knapping and secondary shaping of stone artifacts probably reflect the learned traditions of different groups of hominins. The current distribution of lithic industries across Eurasia is undoubtedly incomplete due to lack of cultural continuities as well as paucity of field research in several sub-regions. This observation supports the contention that what we view as a constant stream of migrants was actually interrupted many times. The continuous occupation of southwestern Asia by the makers of the Acheulian is in contrast with neighboring regions such as the Iranian plateau and Eastern Europe. A more complex model is required to explain the recorded Eurasian archaeological–cultural mosaic.
Published Version: doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.02.016
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