Africa from MIS 6-2

Population Dynamics and Paleoenvironments

  • Sacha C. Jones
  • Brian A. Stewart

Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Brian A. Stewart, Sacha C. Jones
    Pages 1-20
  3. Coasts

  4. Deserts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Emanuele Cancellieri, Mauro Cremaschi, Andrea Zerboni, Savino di Lernia
      Pages 123-145
    3. Lawrence H. Robbins, George A. Brook, Michael L. Murphy, Andrew H. Ivester, Alec C. Campbell
      Pages 175-193
  5. Grasslands, Woodlands and Rainforests

  6. Broader Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. Pedro Soares, Teresa Rito, Luísa Pereira, Martin B. Richards
      Pages 383-405
    3. Peter Mitchell
      Pages 407-416
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 417-424

About this book


Bringing together archaeological, paleoenvironmental, paleontological and genetic data, this book makes a first attempt to reconstruct African population histories from our species' evolution to the Holocene. Africa during Marine Isotope Stages (MIS) 6 to 2 (~190-12,000 years ago) witnessed the biological development and behavioral florescence of our species. Modern human population dynamics, which involved multiple population expansions, dispersals, contractions and extinctions, played a central role in our species’ evolutionary trajectory. So far, the demographic processes – modern human population sizes, distributions and movements – that occurred within Africa during this critical period have been consistently under-addressed. 

The authors of this volume aim at: (1) examining the impact of this period of extreme climatic changes on human group sizes, movements and distributions throughout Africa; (2) investigating the macro- and micro-evolutionary processes underpinning our species’ anatomical and behavioral evolution; and (3) evaluating the state of knowledge of prehistoric population dynamics in Africa so that the continent can benefit from, and eventually contribute to, the increasingly sophisticated theoretical and methodological paleodemographic frameworks developed elsewhere.



African population history palaeodemographic frameworks human group movements behavioral evolution marine isotope stages prehistoric population dynamics late quarternary environmental change human dispersal

Editors and affiliations

  • Sacha C. Jones
    • 1
  • Brian A. Stewart
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CambridgeMcDonald Inst. for Archaeological RschUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of MichiganMuseum of Anthropological Archaeology ANN ARBORUSA

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