Zoogeography: Primate and Early Hominin Distribution and Migration Patterns

  • Alan Turner
  • Hannah O’Regan
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It is a commonplace observation that species of both plants and animals have patterns of distribution, and that everything is not found everywhere (Cox and Moore 2004). In many cases, such distributions can be explained by the presence of physical or biotic barriers such as mountains, deserts, or water and the absence of suitable foods, while some clearly owe much to modern human interference. But a species may not have always been where it is found now, while another may formerly have existed in areas from which it is now absent, so that many patterns reflect processes of movement that occurred from a few tens to thousands or millions of years ago. We live on a planet that has been constantly changing as the continents have shifted and climates have altered, and it is likely that many of the patterns we observe today have been affected by such events.

Change in zoogeography over geological time, and its relationship to tectonic and climatic events, is one of the things...


Late Miocene Arabian Peninsula Terrestrial Mammal Mammalian Fauna Genus Homo 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Natural Sciences and PsychologyLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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