Dust may have controlled ancient human civilization

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 15:20 in Earth & Climate

When early humans began to travel out of Africa and spread into Eurasia over a hundred thousand years ago, a fertile region around the eastern Mediterranean Sea called the Levant served as a critical gateway between northern Africa and Eurasia. A new study shows that the existence of that oasis depended almost entirely on something we almost never think about: dust.

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