Special Issue "The Environment and Climate during Pleistocene and Holocene"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2023) | Viewed by 10437
Interests: small mammals; paleontology; palaeoenvironment; palaeoclimate; Quaternary
Interests: palynology; palaeoecology; late prehistory; palaeoenvironment; Holocene
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The last 2.6 Ma of Earth’s history is known as the Quaternary Period. This period allows us to learn about the origins of modern environments and reconstruct their transformations. The Quaternary is characterized by a series of over 50 glacial-interglacial climate cycles and is divided into two epochs, the Pleistocene and the Holocene. The Pleistocene epoch (2.6 Ma to 11.7 Ka) is climatically characterized by long glacial cycles or ice ages, and milder interludes or interglacial periods between them. On the other hand, the Holocene is the current interglacial period that began 11.7 ka ago. The rapid climate changes produced during the Quaternary are associated with large-scale redistributions of biodiversity and extinctions. Intensive levels of extinctions occurred at the start of the Late Pleistocene (ca. 132 ka) and during the transition from the Pleistocene to the Holocene, where a rapid and global-scale species disappearance without functional replacement occurred. These phenomena can be explained by two main agents: the climatic changes, and the beginning of the expansion of modern humans (Homo sapiens). The aim of this Special Issue will be focused on the contribution of new data and extensive syntheses to provide new knowledge on the climate changes produced during the Quaternary, how the past fauna and flora species distribution were affected, and the possible relation to our hominin ancestors to reconstruct the diverse phenomena of human evolution, faunal and flora diversity changes, and extinctions.
Dr. Juan Manuel López-García
Dr. Jordi Revelles
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