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The Department of Geoscience participates in an international NordForsk project on human origins and emigration from Africa

Andrew Murray and Mads Faurschou Knudsen from the Department of Geoscience, together with colleagues from DTU and the universities in Oslo, Uppsala, Moscow, Novosibirsk and Dushanbe (Tajikistan), have received NOK 15 million to study the first presence of both prehistoric and anatomically modern humans in Central Asia.

[Translate to English:] Tykke aflejringer af loess (vindblæst støv) i Tajikistan (Centralasien), som er akkumuleret over ca. 2 millioner år, gør det muligt at rekonstruere ændringer i områdets miljø, klima og økologi, samt datere den første tilstedeværelse af forhistoriske og moderne mennesker i området.

Central Asia is an important geographical area for understanding when and how the first prehistoric people, as well as the first modern people, emigrated from Africa.

The project will also examine how changes in the area's environment, climate and ecology are related to global changes in the Earth's climate, and how these changes have played a role in human early development and emigration from Africa.

Mulige migrationsruter ud af Afrika.


You can read a description of the project on NordForsk's website here.