Late Cenozoic moisture history of East Africa.

  title={Late Cenozoic moisture history of East Africa.},
  author={Martin H. Trauth and Mark A Maslin and Alan L Deino and Manfred R. Strecker},
  volume={309 5743},
Lake sediments in 10 Ethiopian, Kenyan, and Tanzanian rift basins suggest that there were three humid periods at 2.7 to 2.5 million years ago (Ma), 1.9 to 1.7 Ma, and 1.1 to 0.9 Ma, superimposed on the longer-term aridification of East Africa. These humid periods correlate with increased aridity in northwest and northeast Africa and with substantial global climate transitions. These episodes could have had important impacts on the speciation and dispersal of mammals and hominins, because a… CONTINUE READING
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