Developing and Testing an Integrated Paleoscape Model for the early Middle and Late Pleistocene of the South Coast of South Africa

This research examines the coupled response of people and the environment in the Cape Floral region on the south coast of Africa to major fluctuations in global climate change during the time of the origins of the modern human lineage. It does so through an integrated interdisciplinary study that synergizes knowledge and scientists from paleoanthropology, behavioral ecology, botany, cultural anthropology, geology, geography, marine geophysics, oceanography, paleo-oceanography, computer modeling and climate science. The goal of the project is to create the first paleoscape models of the Cape Floral Region for four climate states and then use state-of-the-art computer models to simulate how people with hunting and gathering economies were able to use these changing environments.

Team Members:

  • Curtis Marean, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change/Institute of Human Origins, Principal Investigator
  • Richard Cowling, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Jane Franklin, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Kim Hill, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Erich Fisher, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change
  • Marco Janssen, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change
  • Hans Nesse, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change
  • Simen Oestmo, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change
  • Amy Rector, Arizona State University Division of Social and Behavioral sciences
  • Ben Schoville, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Funding Source:
National Science Foundation ($1 million)

Partnerships:
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa (Richard Cowling, Co-Principal Investigator)
University of Barcelona, Spain
University of New South Wales, Australia
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
University of Oxford, UK
University of Sheffield, UK
Geological Survey, Israel
Euphoreia, Greece
University of Utah
Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
University of Colorado at Boulder
Iziko Museums, Cape Town, South Africa
University of Wollongong, Australia
University of Wittswatersrand, South Africa