Guest Videos: Splitting Continents Help Humans Evolve


We worry about climate change today, but down through time people have adapted to a lot of geological drama.

In mid-March this year, scientists reported that geologically rapid changes in the landscape of the East African rift affected Stone Age people living there.

The researchers apparently are studying cultural development, but I’ve come across this idea before, that the tectonic changes in Africa’s Great Rift system created a more varied landscape that gave early people many opportunities to develop agility and intelligence.

But the main reason for this post today is to share with you this delightful video on human evolution. I came across it while researching the reported study background. Enjoy!


Featured image: Misty Kenya sunrise, Thomas Kriese. CC BY 2.0.



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