Approximately 9,000,000 BC- 4,000,000 BC: The Tibet Plateau is forming, changing weather patterns for much of Asia and east Africa
Both regions gain more seasonality and become dryer. The changes may also help trigger evolutionary development of human ancestors from apes. 20th century Chinese scientists will differ with western scientists in this area, suggesting that a form of parallel evolution is taking place in China during this time that rivals what is occuring in Africa, rather than all important changes occuring solely in Africa and then spreading elsewhere.
In the Chinese view Homo erectus, Gigantopithecus, and orangutans all evolved from an Asian forest ape circa 10 million BC and later.
The tendency of early humans (like many large mammals) to roam widely over the land makes it more difficult to determine many details of their origins. The article cited below suggests that
early humans and the cat carnivore Megantereon were "...traveling companions..." (though I take it to mean NOT that they literally traveled together, but instead that their separate population migration paths share striking similarities).
-- EARLY HOMO ERECTUS TOOLS IN CHINA by RUSSELL CIOCHON and ROY LARICK, NEWSBRIEFS, Archaeology, Volume 53 Number 1, January/February 2000, the Archaeological Institute of America, http://www.archaeology.org/0001/newsbriefs/china.html
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