Did volcanic activity play a role in early human evolution and migration?
The great Rift Valley that runs through Ethiopia has played a pivotal role in human evolution. It is both the location of the earliest fossils of anatomically modern humans and, later, become an important route for human migrations 'out of Africa'.
|The Aluto volcano caldera was created during explosive eruptions 300,000 years ago |
[Credit: William Hutchison, University of Oxford]
|Satellite image of Aluto volcano which is located in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley |
[Credit: William Hutchison, University of Oxford and NASA]
Source: University of Oxford [October 19, 2016]