The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project; inferring the environmental context of human evolution from Eastern African Rift lake deposits

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doi: 10.5194/sd-21-1-2016
Author(s): Cohen, A.; Campisano, C.; Arrowsmith, R.; Asrat, A.; Behrensmeyer, A. K.; Deino, Alan; Feibel, C.; Hill, A.; Johnson, R.; Kingston, J.; Lamb, H.; Lowenstein, T.; Noren, Anders; Olago, D.; Owen, R. B.; Potts, R.; Reed, K.; Renaut, R.; Schäbitz, F.; Tiercelin, J. J.; Trauth, M. H.; Wynn, J.; Ivory, S.; Brady, K.; O'Grady, Ryan; Rodysill, J.; Githiri, J.; Russell, J.; Foerster, V.; Dommain, R.; Rucina, S.; Deocampo, D.; Russell, J.; Billingsley, A.; Beck, C.; Dorenbeck, G.; Dullo, L.; Feary, D.; Garello, D.; Gromig, R.; Johnson, T.; Junginger, A.; Karanja, M.; Kimburi, E.; Mbuthia, A.; McCartney, T.; McNulty, E.; Muiruri, V.; Nambiro, E.; Negash, E. W.; Njagi, D.; Wilson, J. N.; Rabideaux, N.; Raub, T.; Sier, M. J.; Smith, P.; Urban, J.; Warren, M.; Yadeta, M.; Yost, C.; Zinaye, B.
Author Affiliation(s): Primary:
University of Arizona at Tucson, Department of Geosciences, Tucson, AZ, United States
Arizona State University, United States
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
National Museum of Natural History, United States
Berkeley Geochronology Center, United States
Rutgers University, United States
Yale University, United States
University of Michigan, United States
University of Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
Binghamton University, United States
University of Minnesota, United States
University of Nairobi, Kenya
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong-Kong
University of Saskatchewan, Canada
University of Cologne, Germany
Université de Rennes, France
University of Potsdam, Germany
University of South Florida, United States
Brown University, United States
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
National Museums of Kenya, Kenya
Georgia State University, United States
Hamilton College, United States
University of Minnesota-Duluth, United States
University of Tübingen, Germany
National Oil Corporation of Kenya, Kenya
Tata Chemicals Magadi, Kenya
Syracuse University, United States
George Washington University, United States
University of Saint Andrews, United Kingdom
Utrecht University, Netherlands
University of New Mexico, United States
ConocoPhillips, United States
Volume Title: Scientific Drilling
Source: Scientific Drilling, Vol.21, p.1-16. Publisher: Copernicus GmbH on behalf of the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Gottingen, International. ISSN: 1816-8957
Note: In English. 73 refs.; illus., incl. 1 table, strat. cols.
Summary: The role that climate and environmental history may have played in influencing human evolution has been the focus of considerable interest and controversy among paleoanthropologists for decades. Prior attempts to understand the environmental history side of this equation have centered around the study of outcrop sediments and fossils adjacent to where fossil hominins (ancestors or close relatives of modern humans) are found, or from the study of deep sea drill cores. However, outcrop sediments are often highly weathered and thus are unsuitable for some types of paleoclimatic records, and deep sea core records come from long distances away from the actual fossil and stone tool remains. The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project (HSPDP) was developed to address these issues. The project has focused its efforts on the eastern African Rift Valley, where much of the evidence for early hominins has been recovered. We have collected about 2 km of sediment drill core from six basins in Kenya and Ethiopia, in lake deposits immediately adjacent to important fossil hominin and archaeological sites. Collectively these cores cover in time many of the key transitions and critical intervals in human evolutionary history over the last 4 Ma, such as the earliest stone tools, the origin of our own genus Homo, and the earliest anatomically modern Homo sapiens. Here we document the initial field, physical property, and core description results of the 2012-2014 HSPDP coring campaign.
Year of Publication: 2016
Research Program: ODP Ocean Drilling Program
Key Words: 12 Stratigraphy, Historical Geology and Paleoecology; Africa; Anthropology; Archaeological sites; Archaeology; Awash Valley; Biologic evolution; Cenozoic; Chew Bahir; Chordata; Cores; Drilling; East Africa; East African Lakes; East African Rift; Education; Ethiopia; Eutheria; Fossil man; Hominidae; Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project; Homo; Homo sapiens; International Continental Scientific Drilling Program; Kenya; Lacustrine environment; Lake Baringo; Lake Magadi; Lake sediments; Lithostratigraphy; Lower Pleistocene; Mammalia; Middle Pleistocene; Neogene; Ocean Drilling Program; Paleoenvironment; Paleolakes; Pleistocene; Pliocene; Primates; Public awareness; Quaternary; Sediments; Surveys; Tertiary; Tetrapoda; Theria; Tugen Hills; Turkana Basin; Upper Pleistocene; Upper Pliocene; Vertebrata
Coordinates: N110000 N110000 E0400000 E0400000
Record ID: 2017047293
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