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Always look on the bright side… - Environmental constrains of early human expansions (Sponsored by PalAss)
Convener: Finn Viehberg  | Co-Convener: Angela Bruch 
 / Fri, 02 May, 13:30–15:00
 / Attendance Fri, 02 May, 17:30–19:00

Climate change is considered a major driving factor of hominin evolution and dispersal patterns. In fact directly or indirectly by its severe influence on vegetation, physiography of landscape, and animal distribution, climate modulates the availability of resources. However, the environmental constrains of different groups of hominins should vary in time and space.

To understand the dependency of early humans on their environment reliable proxy-data are crucial. Because, at hominin sites direct evidence on environmental or climate conditions is often sparse or missing, multi‑proxy approaches are essential to interpret suitable archives on‑ or off‑site.

We like to stimulate the transdisciplinary discussion, which is necessary to strengthen our hypothesis. Therefore, we invite contributions from all disciplines aiming to reconstruct Pleistocene environments or climate states for understanding human evolution and/or dispersal.