Sampling and measuring Ledi-Geraru section: Chris Campisano, Ramon Arrowsmith, Erin DiMaggio and Bruno; Institute of Human
Origin at the Arizona State University.
The East African rift region contains some of the world' s best known hominid fossils and span a time frame which is of major interest for paleoanthropologists. According to several workers the period between 4.5 and 1.0 million years ago was a period of major climatic change. It is not yet sure if these changes in the climate resulted in the diversity of our human ancestors and the origin of the oldest known tools. New research in a wide variety of fields related to the study of human evolution is trying to shed light on this possible relation between climatic change and increased diversity of African fauna.
This project with the aims at collecting new data from various locations reported to span the 4.5-1.0 Ma period. The lacustrine sediments from these areas offer ideal distal settings to study climate evolution.
Former MSc Thesis, (Utrecht University) Magnetostratigraphy of the eastern Hadar Basin.