Dynamics of Green Sahara Periods and Their Role in Hominin Evolution

  title={Dynamics of Green Sahara Periods and Their Role in Hominin Evolution},
  author={Juan Cruz Larrasoa{\~n}a and Andrew P. Roberts and Eelco J. Rohling},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Astronomically forced insolation changes have driven monsoon dynamics and recurrent humid episodes in North Africa, resulting in green Sahara Periods (GSPs) with savannah expansion throughout most of the desert. Despite their potential for expanding the area of prime hominin habitats and favouring out-of-Africa dispersals, GSPs have not been incorporated into the narrative of hominin evolution due to poor knowledge of their timing, dynamics and landscape composition at evolutionary timescales… CONTINUE READING
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