Note that the beginning dates of the pleistocene and paleolithic are not correct (the timeline starts with the migration of homo sapiens to Asia - otherwise everything would be too squished)
- Persistent La Nina
- Positive NAO (warmer, wetter Europe)
- MWP did NOT lead to warmer temps everywhere at once – ex) China
**2,600,000 BP - 10,000 BP
- Simple stone tools
75,000 YA: HS: major migration from Africa to Asia
2, Yellow River Valley in China
(from Ruddiman, pg 66)
Settlements --> rise in population
(Ruddiman pg 68)
Who killed the megafauna?
- 1. Most say: hunting by HS
- 2. Climate change
- Consensus: Humans disrupted environments in ways that made it harder for megafauna to migrate to new areas
TAKEAWAY: While hunting did not directly kill off the megafauna, it made them more vulnerable to climate change because it hindered their ability to adapt.