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The Hominin Sites And Paleolakes Drilling Project: Using Scientific Drilling to Understand the Paleoclimate Context of Human Evolution

Project Acronym: HSDPD | State: Completed | Expedition ID: 5053

The HSPDP drilling project considers the scientific opportunities and technical challenges of obtaining sediment cores from several of the most important fossil hominin and early Paleolithic artifact sites in the world, located in Kenya and Ethiopia. Our objective is to drill in near-continuous sedimentary sequences close to areas of critical importance for understanding hominin phylogeny, covering key time intervals for addressing questions about the role of environmental forcing in shaping human evolution. These sites are all currently on-land, but consist of thick lacustrine sedimentary sequences with high deposition rates. Therefore, the proposed sites combine the attributes of relatively low cost targets (in comparison with open water, deep lake sites) and the potential for long, highly continuous and informative paleoenvironmental records obtainable from lake beds.

Keywords: Africa, Ethiopia, African Rift, Climate Dynamics, Global Environment, Hominin Evolution, Paleoclimate

Cores are stored at University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, Continental Scientific Drilling Facility, USA

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Drilling 4

6 - 30 November 2014

Drilling 3

11 June - 10 July 2014

Drilling 2

23 February - 31 March 2014

Drilling 1

1 June - 31 July 2013

Full Proposal Approved

Workshop Held

17 - 21 November 2008 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Workshop Proposal Approved