CARTA: Behaviorally Modern Humans: The Origin of Us – Rick Potts: African Climate of the Last 400,000 Years - UCTV - University of California Television
CARTA: Behaviorally Modern Humans: The Origin of Us – Rick Potts: African Climate of the Last 400,000 Years
Premiere Date: 5/10/2013; 19 minutes


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CARTA: Behaviorally Modern Humans: The Origin of Us - Rick Potts: African Climate of the Last 400,000 Years Based on current evidence, key events such as the appearance of Middle Stone Age behaviors and Homo sapiens in tropical East Africa coincided with prolonged eras of climate instability. In this talk, Rick Potts (Smithsonian Institution) suggests that the complexity of climate dynamics, and associated resource uncertainty, likely influenced the evolution of adaptive versatility in our species, expressed by the expansion of mobile technologies, symbolism, social networks, and behavioral diversity. (#25390)

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