Oldest Homo and Pliocene biogeography of the Malawi Rift

Friedemann Schrenk, Timothy G. Bromage, Christian G. Betzler, Uwe Ring, Yusuf M. Juwayeyi

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Abstract

THE Malawi Rift and Pliocene palaeofaunas, which include a hominid mandible attributed to Homo rudolfensis, provide a biogeographical link between the better known Plio-Pleistocene faunal records of East and Southern Africa. The Malawi Rift is in a latitudinal position suitable for recording any hominid and faunal dispersion towards the Equator that was brought on by increased aridity of the Late Pliocene African landscape. The evidence suggests that Pliocene hominids originated in the eastern African tropical domain and dispersed to southern Africa only during more favourable ecological circumstances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-836
Number of pages4
JournalNature
Volume365
Issue number6449
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

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