A new study suggests that a series of environmental changes in East Africa some 320,000 years ago challenged a previous long-standing way of life for proto-humans, and produced a more adaptable culture.
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One way in which scientists use carbon isotopes found in fossils to identify the sites of ancient rain forests may not work as expected.
A new project will investigate the relationships between tectonics, climate and the evolution of humans’ primate ancestors in Kenya’s Turkana Basin.
In order to sustainably feed a growing population, Africa must shift to an agricultural system that recognizes the value of both people and nature.
As the theme for the International Day of Biodiversity states, “Our solutions are in nature.”
Kevin Uno, a Center for Climate and Life Fellow, studies how abrupt changes in climate affected Neolithic human settlement, diet, and abandonment in northwest Africa.
Earth Institute researchers are in the field studying the dynamics of the planet on every continent and every ocean. Here is a list of projects.
Millions of years ago, vegetation across much of the world underwent a transformation as grasses with a new way of doing photosynthesis displaced previously dominant plants, shrubs and trees. A new study examines what got these plants started, and why they spread so far and wide.
The three new Fellows, all scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will pursue high-risk, high-reward research that furthers understanding of how climate change impacts human sustainability.
She’s finding new ways collect and share data in rapidly growing cities — and the results will help to build a healthier future for the entire planet.