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Climatically driven landscape evolution during warm periods

New puzzle piece for understanding future natural systems

Scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG), the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA) and other partners have researched the stability and development of landscapes in the Wendland region of Hanover during the past Eemian Interglacial (warm period) around 120,000 years ago. The Eemian is climatically comparable to predictions for the later 21st century. The basic research therefore serves to understand how landscapes respond to climate changes under natural conditions – without additional human influence. As part of their investigations, the researchers also found evidence of the northernmost Neanderthal occupation of the last warm period to date.

© David C. Tanner/LIAG