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Fluctuating Environment May Have Driven Human Evolution

December 24, 2012

Olduvai Gorge in northern Tanzania A series of rapid environmental changes in East Africa roughly 2 million years ago may be responsible for driving human evolution, according to researchers at Penn State and Rutgers Universities.  Full Story

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