Time For Defragmentation. Late Middle Paleolithic Leaf Points in Germany: What was planned and what has been done

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Bernhard Buhs is a PhD student in the D1 ProjectAnalysis of Migration Processes due to Environmental Conditions between 40.000 and 14.000 a B.P. in the Rhine-Meuse Area.
The Altmuehlian of Southern Germany is a Middle Palaeolithic archaeological industry that contain knapped-stone leaf point artifacts. These industries are commonly dated to the end of the Middle Paleolithic and are regularly invoked in discussions concerning the disappearance of Neanderthals and appearance of Homo sapiens at about 40.000 B.P.

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Green Desert – Holocene hydrological changes in the Sahara revealed by lipid biomarker analyses of Lake Yoa (Chad)

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11,000 years ago, at the beginning of the Holocene, today’s hyper-arid Sahara desert was dotted with large and small lakes, savannah and grassland and in some regions even humid tropical forest. Due to a strengthened African monsoon triggered by strong orbital forcing i.e. summer insolation, more humid conditions compared to today, prevailed in Northern and Central Africa.

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The Diatom Flora of Lake Kinneret (Israel) – Palaeolimnological evidence for Holocene climate change and human impact in the southeastern Mediterranean

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I am a member of the CRC 806 in project B3 as research assistant since 2011. Since September 2013 I am working on my PhD (funded by the German National Academic Foundation), in which I am analyzing changes of fossil diatom communities during the Holocene in sediment cores from Lake Kinneret (Israel; Southeastern Mediterranean) and Laguna de Medina (Spain, Western Mediterranean).

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Volcanism in the Eastern Carpathians and first insights into the geochemical record of Mohos crater

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Marc Bormann is a PhD student in the CRC project B2 “Climatic and Environmental History of the Balkans During the Last Glacial Cycle”. He studied Geography, Geology and Soil Science at the Universities of Cologne and Bonn. In his PhD project, starting in January 2014, he investigates a sediment record from the Mohos crater in the Eastern Romanian Carpathians using a multiproxy approach.

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Vegetation history of northwest Turkey and the southern Levant since the Last Glacial

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Andrea Miebach is a PhD student in the CRC project B3. She studied biology at the University of Bonn and started her PhD project in October 2013. The key task of the B3 project is to reveal environmental conditions during times of human dispersal in the southern part of the eastern trajectory. Here, long and high-resolution continental records are rare. The study of pollen and other palynomorphs give us the opportunity not only to investigate how the vegetation looked like, but it also gives us insights into climate conditions and human occupation.

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