International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
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'Kershaw AP, Moss PT, Van der Kaars S, 1997: Environmental Change in the Human Occupation of Australia. Anthropologie (Brno) 35, 2: 153-161'.
The majority of long Quaternary pollen records from the Australasian and Indonesian regions show clear evidence of precipitation variation which relates closely to global glacial/interglacial oscillations. However, they also indicate sustained changes in vegetation towards more sclerophyllous or disturbed communities which, from associated changes in charcoal representation, can be attributed to increased burning. Close examination of these records indicates preferred times of change which show some relationship to the archaeological record. It is concluded that those changes around 40,000 and perhaps around 60, 000 years ago most likely relate to times of arrival or developments in technology of people and that there is a fair possibility that the initial arrival and impact of modern people occurred much earlier, perhaps in excess of 200,000 years ago.
Late Quaternary - Human impact - Human migration - Vegetation history - Biomass burning - Australia - Southeast Asia

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