African vegetation controlled by tropical sea surface temperatures in the mid-Pleistocene period

@article{Schefuss2003AfricanVC,
  title={African vegetation controlled by tropical sea surface temperatures in the mid-Pleistocene period},
  author={Enno Schefuss and Stefan Schouten and John F. Jansen and Jaap Smede Sinninghe Damst{\'e}},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2003},
  volume={422},
  pages={418-421}
}
The dominant forcing factors for past large-scale changes in vegetation are widely debated. Changes in the distribution of C4 plants—adapted to warm, dry conditions and low atmospheric CO2 concentrations—have been attributed to marked changes in environmental conditions, but the relative impacts of changes in aridity, temperature and CO2 concentration are not well understood. Here, we present a record of African C4 plant abundance between 1.2 and 0.45 million years ago, derived from compound… CONTINUE READING