Human evolution spans the last 6 million years, and much of the fossil and archaeological record comes from Africa. Over the last few decades, scientists have accumulated much evidence that climate change has significantly shaped both human evolution and possibly the extinction of many close relative species. Advances in drilling technologies and development of new laboratory protocols are rapidly transforming our understanding of African environmental history allowing us to test various ideas about the links between this history and human origins.

Presenter: Andy Cohen, Distinguished Professor, Department of Geosciences