Palaeoinformatic approach to the context of the earliest human dispersals (PACED)

Alan Turner, Laura Bishop, Sarah Elton, Angela Lamb, Hannah O'Regan, 2007

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The main objective of the project was to produce a publicly accessible database of sites to improve access to information on the Eurasian Plio-Pleistocene fossil record and to analyse these data to see if any large-scale patterns of 'out-of-Africa' faunal movement could be seen in the period 3.0-0.5 million years ago.

In order to make the information obtained in this study as widely available as possible we collaborated with the Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems (ETE) group in Washington DC and the Paleobiology Database (PBD) in Santa Barbara. The ETE group have already entered many of the Plio-Pleistocene African sites into PBD, and we concentrated on Eurasian sites so that faunas from throughout the Old World could be examined as a whole. Data were collected from published faunal reports from palaeontological sites in Europe and Asia. Information such as species present, number of specimens, location and date of site were entered. More information about the fields and data entry can be found on the PBD website.

These data are publicly accessible on the web through the PBD, making the information collated available to anyone who wishes to view it. In total 815 sites, localities or levels were entered. There is a distinction between these categories, because in some cases faunal reports were a summary of a whole site, or lists were provided level by level. The finest resolution data was entered where available.

This project formed part of the EFCHED thematic programme funded by the NERC, and our work has placed the fine resolution work on hominins and archaeological sites from the other groups in the wider context of faunal evolution over the past 3 million years.

Researched by:
Principal Investigator - Professor Alan Turner Liverpool John Moores University. Co-investigators - Dr Laura Bishop Liverpool John Moores University; Dr Sarah Elton, Hull York Medical School; Dr Angela Lamb, NERC Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory. PDRA - Dr Hannah O'Regan, Liverpool John Moores University

In collaboration with the Paleobiology database (PBD)

Funded by the National Environment Research Council (NERC).