Advanced computer modelling of hominin dispersal from Africa: integrating archaeological and palaeoclimatic simulations

Paul Valdes, Steven Mithen, Bruce Sellwood, John Hughes, Sam Smith, Alan Haywood, 2007

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Introduction

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This project combined expertise from the fields of climatology and archaeology in order to develop a new computer model for exploring, through simulation, hominin dispersal out of Africa. Our process-based approach built on the Stepping Out model of hominin colonisation developed by Professor Steven Mithen of Reading University. It also incorporates information from palaeoclimatic simulations by Professor Paul Valdes of Bristol University which were completed using the Hadley Centre climate model.

The methods developed during this project provide a powerful method for integrating genetic, fossil, archaeological and climate data, to increase our understanding of prehistoric migration.

Project Website:
http://www.bridge.bris.ac.uk/projects/EFCHED

Papers from the project:

  • Hughes, J.K., Haywood, A., Mithen, S., Sellwood, B., & Valdes, P.J. (In Press) 'Investigating Early Hominin Dispersal Patterns: developing a framework for climate data integration'. In special issue of Journal of Human Evolution.
  • Smith, S.J., Hughes, J.K., & Mithen, S. (In Press) 'Developing a model of genetic and cultural transmission for Pleistocene hominin'. In: Cultural Transmission (preliminary title), S. Shennan (ed).
  • Hughes, J.K., & Smith, S.J. (under review) 'Simulation of gene flow amongst Pleistocene Homo erectus'. Journal of Human Evolution.
  • Smith, S.J., & Hughes, J.K. (in prep) 'Simulating the dispersal of Homo sapiens'.
  • Hughes, J.K., Elton, S., & O'Regan, H. (under review) 'Theropithecus and 'Out of Africa' dispersal in the Plio-Pleistocene'. Journal of Human Evolution.