Late Holocene forest contraction and fragmentation in central Africa

Jean Maley, Charles Doumenge, Pierre Giresse, Gil Mahé, Nathalie Philippon, Wannes Hubau, Michel O. Lokonda, John M. Tshibamba, Alex Chepstow-Lusty
  • Quaternary Research, December 2017, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.1017/qua.2017.97

What is it about?

Forest contraction in central Africa around 4000 yrs BP then fragmentation of the central forest core around 2500 yrs BP.

Why is it important?

The linguistic data converge with the palaeoenvironmental data - and also genetic data (see a recent paper by Patin & al., 2017, in Science) to explain the ways and the timing of the Bantu migration trough central Africa.



Following this paper in QR, a new project is launched « Hydrology of the Congo River » in collaboration with regional Universities, as Kisangani, Kinshasa, Brazzaville,Masuku, Libreville, Yaoundé, etc. The aims of this project is to develop studies in a near future in hydrology, climatology, sediment transport, carbon fluxes, data recovery and environmental issues. The presentday leader is Gil Mahé (IRD Hydrologist, Montpellier) see ResearchGate – for Gil Mahé .

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