Information - CL16/GD14 East African geodynamics, climate and evolution (co-organized with GD) (co-listed in TS & SSP)
Recent investigations of both terrestrial and marine paleoclimate archives have led to a concerted debate regarding the nature of Late Cenozoic environmental changes in East Africa, and its influence on mammalian and hominin evolution. Since terrestrial records of East African environmental change are typically rare, geographically dispersed and incomplete, Indian and Atlantic Ocean sediment records were used to reconstruct climatic changes in the region. However, because of the unique tectonic and magmatic evolution of the East African Rift System (EARS) and resulting changes in topography and drainage patterns, marine sediment records may not necessarily reflect contemporaneous environmental changes in East Africa. It is, therefore, important to reach a better understanding of the processes changing the habitat of mammals and hominins before suggesting possible links between climate and faunal changes. This session brings together structural geologists, paleoclimatologists, climate modellers and paleoanthropologists to discuss tectonics-climate-evolution interactions in a complex geologic setting.
Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers
Pierre Sepulchre (Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, Gif-sur-Yvette, France)
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