Tag: Ancient Environment

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Europe was not covered by dense forest before the arrival of modern humans

Textbooks on biology and forestry make it clear that large parts of Europe would naturally be covered by dense forests. The textbook narrative is that...

New research exposes early humans’ ecological versatility

The origins of human genus have long been associated with savannah and grassland environments of Africa.  Due to this association, it was thought that...

Research proposes grassland expansion played a limited role in mammal evolution during the Plio-Pleistocene era in Africa

New research challenges the conventional wisdom regarding mammal evolution in Africa, including the ancestors of modern humans during the late Cenozoic period, which occurred...

Responses of Palaeolithic hunter-gatherer communities to Late Pleistocene environmental shifts: Insights from Cova del Parco hearth sites

The intricate relationship between human societies and their environment has been a subject of scholarly interest for centuries. Environmental dynamics, including vegetation shifts, have...

Artificial intelligence could help build pollen jigsaw of present and ancient flora

An emerging system which combines rapid imaging with artificial intelligence could help scientists build a comprehensive picture of present and historic environmental change—by swiftly...

How a massive North Atlantic cooling event disrupted early human occupation in Europe

A new study published in the journal Science by an international team finds that past changes in atmospheric CO2 and corresponding shifts in climate and vegetation played...