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Professor Berke work published in Nature

Meenu Garg • DATE: August 23, 2016

A new paper in the journal Nature (August 10, 2016) by Thomas Johnson and collaborators including CEEES Assistant Professor Melissa Berke highlights climate changes in southeastern Africa for the last 1.3 Million Years. Sediment records of temperature and aridity from Lake Malawi indicate an increase in wetter conditions in the region, contrary to conventional thinking based on the increasingly drier conditions that are seen in northern Africa for the last million years. The records show a progression from highly variable climate to longer periods of wet and dry intervals. These climate complexities add a new dimension to our understanding of the environmental conditions surrounding the evolution and migrations of early humans across southeastern Africa.