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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 15 million. NOK to study the first presence of both prehistoric and anatomically modern humans in Central Asia.

2020.12.18 | Kathrine Lindgaard

Thick deposits of loess (wind-blown dust) in Tajikistan (Central Asia), which have accumulated over approx. 2 million years, makes it possible to reconstruct changes in the area's environment, climate and ecology, as well as date the first presence of prehistoric and modern people in the area.

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.

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