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Seventh Chew Bahir Drilling Project Workshop in the Virtual Space

This week scientists from the Chew Bahir project will meet in the Virtual Space to discuss the latest results of the 290 m long ICDP cores from S Ethiopia.

The project, as part of the international Hominin Sites and Paleolaces Drilling Projects (HSPDP), tries to fill gaps in the environmental history of eastern Africa, the habitat of early human ancestry. Within the framework of the project, two ~290 m long cores were collected in the Chew Bahir Basin in Southern Ethiopia including the last ~620,000 year history of environmental change in the southern Ethiopian rift were some of the oldest fossils of our own species were discovered. The latest results from analyzing these cores will be discussed during the workshop.

Photo: Annett Junginger, U Tübingen.

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Schaebitz, F., Asrat, A., Lamb, H.F., Cohen, A.S., Foerster, V., Duesing, W., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Opitz, S., Viehberg, F.A., Vogelsang, R., Dean, J., Leng, M.J., Junginger, A., Bronk Ramsey, C., Chapot, M.S., Deino, A., Lane, C.S., Roberts, H.., Vidal, C., Tiedemann, R., Trauth, M.H., 2021, Hydroclimate changes in eastern Africa over the past 200,000 years may have influenced early human dispersal. Communications Earth and Environment.

Trauth, M.H., Asrat, A., Cohen, A., Duesing, W., Foerster, V., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Kraemer, H.,  Lamb, H., Marwan, N., Maslin, M., Schaebitz, F. (2021) Recurring types of variability and transitions in the ~620 kyr record of climate change from the Chew Bahir basin, southern Ethiopia, Quaternary Science Reviews.