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Environmental dynamics during the onset of the Middle Stone Age in eastern Africa

Overview of attention for article published in Science, March 2018
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54 news outlets
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12 blogs
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64 tweeters
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2 Facebook pages
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2 Wikipedia pages
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2 Google+ users
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1 Redditor

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Title
Environmental dynamics during the onset of the Middle Stone Age in eastern Africa
Published in
Science, March 2018
DOI 10.1126/science.aao2200
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Authors

Richard Potts, Anna K. Behrensmeyer, J. Tyler Faith, Christian A. Tryon, Alison S. Brooks, John E. Yellen, Alan L. Deino, Rahab Kinyanjui, Jennifer B. Clark, Catherine Haradon, Naomi E. Levin, Hanneke J. M. Meijer, Elizabeth G. Veatch, R. Bernhart Owen, Robin W. Renaut, Catherine M. Haradon

Abstract

Development of the African Middle Stone Age (MSA) before 300 thousand years ago (ka) raises the question of how environmental change influenced the evolution of behaviors characteristic of earlyHomo sapiensWe use temporally well-constrained sedimentological and paleoenvironmental data to investigate environmental dynamics before and after the appearance of the early MSA in the Olorgesailie Basin, Kenya. In contrast to the Acheulean archeological record in the same basin, MSA sites are associated with a dramatically different faunal community, more pronounced erosion-deposition cycles, tectonic activity, and enhanced wet-dry variability. As early as 615 ka, aspects of Acheulean technology in this region imply that greater stone material selectivity and wider resource procurement coincided with an increased pace of land-lake fluctuation, potentially anticipating the adaptability of MSA hominins.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 65 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 28%
Student > Master 10 15%
Researcher 10 15%
Professor 8 12%
Student > Postgraduate 5 8%
Other 14 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 15 23%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 14 22%
Arts and Humanities 10 15%
Unspecified 6 9%
Environmental Science 6 9%
Other 14 22%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 547. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 20 July 2018.
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#10,032
of 11,627,913 outputs
Outputs from Science
#471
of 52,696 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#697
of 266,515 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#25
of 867 outputs
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