The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project: inferring the environmental context of human evolution from eastern African rift lake deposits

Citation:
Olago D, Cohen A, Campisano C, Arrowsmith R, Asrat A, Behrensmeyer AK. "The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project: inferring the environmental context of human evolution from eastern African rift lake deposits." Scientific Drilling. 2016;21:1.

Abstract:

The role that climate and environmental history may have played in influencing human
evolution has been the focus of considerable interest and controversy among
paleoanthropologists for decades. Prior attempts to understand the environmental history
side of this equation have centered around the study of outcrop sediments and fossils
adjacent to where fossil hominins (ancestors or close relatives of modern humans) are
found, or from the study of deep sea drill cores. However, outcrop sediments are often highly
weathered and thus are unsuitable for some types of paleoclimatic records, and deep sea
core records come from long distances away from the actual fossil and stone tool remains.
The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project (HSPDP) was developed to address
these issues.

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