“African Climate Change and Human Evolution”: A Case Study

Graphs of quarterly average rainfall in Kenya.Graphs of quarterly average rainfall in Kenya.

In this class activity, students will analyze data on rainfall and dust levels in Africa in order to investigate two competing hypotheses about how climate affects human evolution. They will apply their understanding of orbital forcing factors and the use of proxy variables in order to develop a research plan they could use to study African climate change. This document serves as a student handout; an instructor guide is provided in the accompanying documents.

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