Verena Foerster, Christian Zeeben and Annette Junginger are co-editing a special article collection for the  open access journal Frontiers in Earth Science, on:

Integrating Paleoclimate, Stratigraphy, Sedimentology & Paleontology in Human Evolution and Dispersal Studies - from Early Hominines to the Holocene

Please see the link below for details.

2019 Chew Bahir Workshop

The 2019 Chew Bahir team workshop was just successfully completed. The meeting of team members was held at the Neanderthal Museum, outside of Düsseldorf, Germany. Photos of the meeting are posted under "Photos/Video-Photostream links" of this website. The meeting was very successful in reviewing progress to date on the age model and geochemical, sedimentological and paleoecological data generated, and in charting plans for upcoming publications. Frank Schäbitz and Verena Foerster were excellent hosts for the evening events, a visit to the Neanderthal Museum displays (photos) near the discovery site of the first fossil Neanderthals. Frank led an outstanding field trip on the last day to the Eifel region to visit maar lakes and explore the late Quaternary volcanic history of this region of Germany.

Chad Yost has successfull completed his Ph.D. dissertation, 

titled "Phytoliths and microcharcoal from East African lake sediments used to reconstruct Plio-Pleistocene vegetation and hydroclimate." Congratulations to Chad on a job well done!

Johanna Kruger has successfully completed her MSc thesis,

titled "Ancient sedimentary DNA from extremely dry environments-astudy on two sediment cores from Lake Chew Bahir, Ethiopia." Congratulations to Johanna on a job well done!

Congratulations to Anne Billingsley and coauthors Paul Reinthal, David Dettman, John Kingston, Alan Deino, Kevin Ortiz, Benjamin Mohler, and Andrew Cohen for the acceptance of their paper "δ13C records from fish fossils as paleo-indicators of ecosystem responses to lake levels in the Plio-Pleistocene lakes of Tugen Hills, Kenya"

This paper will appear in the special BTB volume of Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology

Congratulations to Al Deino and coauthors Mark Sier, Dominique Garello, Brenhin Keller, John Kingston, Jenni Scott, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, and Andy Cohen for the publication of their new paper "Chronostratigraphy of the Baringo-Tugen-Barsemoi (HSPDP-BTB13-1A) core..." in Palaeo3.

Please see our Publications page for the link to the paper. 

Anne Billingsley has successfully defended her dissertation,

titled "Pan-African climate variability since the Plio-Pleistocene and possible implications for hominin evolution." Congratulations to Anne on a job well done!


is an international scientific collaboration whose goal is to collect sediment drill cores for paleoclimate and paleoenviromental analysis in proximity to some of the world's most important fossil hominin and artifact sites.


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