Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Major paper on Human Evolution published

The prestigious international, peer-reviewed, journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution (TREE) has just published a major review on human evolution in a paper entitled Biogeography and Evolution of the genus Homo.

Professor Clive Finlayson - Director Heritage Division - Gibraltar Museum
The paper has been written by Professor Clive Finlayson, Director of the The Gibraltar Museum. The paper is highlighted within the journal and has made its front cover.

A spokesman for the Ministry for Heritage said:

“The debate about the origins of modern humans has traditionally focused on two contrasting views.

Multi-regional evolution proposes that present-day populations worldwide are the descendants of in situ evolution after an initial dispersal of Homo erectus from Africa during the Lower Pleistocene.

The alternative, Out-of-Africa 2, proposes that all present-day populations are descended from a recent common ancestor that lived in East Africa 150, 000 years ago, the population of which replaced all regional populations.

The weight of the evidence is now in favour of Out-of-Africa 2, and discussion is today dominated by the causes of the dispersal of modern humans out of Africa and the outcome of contact with other populations. Fresh approaches, from disciplines hitherto peripheral to the debate (e.g. evolutionary ecology), and new discoveries are challenging established views, in particular the prevalent idea that biologically superior modern humans were the cause of the demise of all other populations of Homo worldwide.

In his paper, Professor Finlayson argues that the genus Homo is not exceptional in the context of Quaternary geographical range dynamics.

Now the highest-cited journal in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology worldwide, Trends in Ecology & Evolution contains polished, concise and readable reviews, opinions and letters in all areas of ecology and evolutionary science. It serves as an invaluable source of information for researchers, lecturers, teachers, field workers and students.

Trends in Ecology & Evolution keeps these scientists informed of new developments and ideas across the full range of ecology and evolutionary biology - from the pure to the applied, and from molecular to global.

Now, more than ever before, is it necessary for life scientists to be aware of research from a wide range of disciplines, especially in the face of the gathering momentum of global environmental change and destruction.

More than any other journal, Trends in Ecology & Evolution is the major forum for coverage of all the important issues concerning organisms and their environments.

This latest publication therefore strengthens even further the position of the Gibraltar Museum as a leading centre of excellence in the field of human evolutionary ecology.”


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