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Understanding Climate’s Influence on Human Evolution
rationale, perspectives, and basic findings concerning the earth system context of human evolution.
As a package, these recommendations reflect a fundamental commitment to outreach and education, working in partnership with educators and scientists nationwide and worldwide.
The strategic integration of focused high-resolution modeling with newmarine, lake, and terrestrial climate records proposed here will representthe most concerted research effort thus far to assess the precise influenceof environmental dynamics (resolved on decadal to orbital timescales) onevolutionary history for any organism or time period in Earth’s history. Theresearch agenda described here—although presenting a bold vision that willrequire substantial resources to bring it to reality—offers an opportunity tomake equally bold steps toward an understanding of the role played by pastclimates in the evolution of our ancestral lineage.