The Environmental Factors in the Chronology of Human Evolution & Dispersal programme (EFCHED) brought together research into palaeoanthropology, archaeology and palaeoecology, emerging fields like evolutionary genetics and palaeoclimatic modelling, and allied disciplines such as evolutionary ecology.
How do we explain our trademark big brains, feet made for walking, and nimble hands?
Was climate change responsible for human evolution?
Did it make us a global species, and if so, was that millions or just thousands of years ago?
The EFCHED programme sought to answer these questions, helping us understand the importance of our evolutionary legacy. What made us human and when did it happen? More about the EFCHED programme