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Were Rivers Flowing across the Sahara During the Last Interglacial? Implications for Human Migration through Africa

  • Tom J. Coulthard mail,

    T.Coulthard@hull.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, University of Hull, Hull United Kingdom

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  • Jorge A. Ramirez,

    Affiliation: Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, University of Hull, Hull United Kingdom

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  • Nick Barton,

    Affiliation: Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Mike Rogerson,

    Affiliation: Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, University of Hull, Hull United Kingdom

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  • Tim Brücher

    Affiliation: Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie, Hamburg, Germany

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  • Published: September 11, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0074834

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Posted by PLoS_ONE_Group on 17 Sep 2013 at 15:53 GMT

The following articles represent some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: NBC News
Title: “Not just desert: A lush, green Sahara lured early humans out of Africa”
http://www.nbcnews.com/sc...

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PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 17 Sep 2013 at 16:19 GMT

The following articles represent some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Eurek Alert
Title: “Paleorivers across Sahara may have supported ancient human migration routes”
http://www.eurekalert.org...

Publication: Popular Archaeology
Title: “Study Confirms Ancient River Systems in Sahara 100,000 Years Ago”
http://popular-archaeolog...

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tcoulthard replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 17 Sep 2013 at 17:52 GMT

New Scientist
Lost river guided early humans out of Africa
http://www.newscientist.c...

Nature.com
Ancient rivers cut migration routes through Sahara
http://www.nature.com/new...

Der Speigel
Wanderung vor 100.000 Jahren: Menschen durchquerten Sahara entlang von Flüssen
http://www.spiegel.de/wis...

Die Welt
http://www.welt.de/print/...

Sci News
Three Ancient Rivers Existed in Sahara 100,000 Years Ago
http://www.sci-news.com/o...

Smithsonian.com
Three Ancient Rivers, Long Buried by the Sahara, Created a Passage to the Mediterranean
http://blogs.smithsonianm...

Tasnim News (Tehran)
Buried Saharan Rivers Might Have Been Early Expressways
http://www.tasnimnews.com...

Science World Report
Ancient Rivers in Sahara Desert Supported Human Migration Routes to Mediterranean
http://www.scienceworldre...

Nature World News
Ancient Rivers Across Sahara Could Have Led Humans Out of Africa
http://www.natureworldnew...

Live Science:
Buried Saharan Rivers May Have Led Humans Out of Africa
http://www.livescience.co...

Scientias NL
Zand erover: Sahara-woestijn bedekt mogelijk de resten van drie gigantische rivieren
http://www.scientias.nl/z...

Focus.it
I fiumi sepolti del Sahara che favorirono le rotte migratorie
http://www.focus.it/cultu...

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RE: Media coverage of this article

tcoulthard replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 18 Sep 2013 at 15:28 GMT

some more today:

Scientific American
Three Large Rivers Once Split Sahara (60 second podcast)
http://www.scientificamer...

Yahoo news
Three Large Rivers Once Split Sahara (mirror of the above)
http://news.yahoo.com/thr...

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Media coverage of this article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to tcoulthard on 24 Sep 2013 at 16:28 GMT

The following articles represent some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: New Scientist
Title: “Lost river guided early humans out of Africa - environment - 16 September 2013 - New Scientist”
http://www.newscientist.c...

Publication: Sci News
Title: “Three Ancient Rivers Existed in Sahara 100,000 Years Ago | Paleoclimatology | Sci-News.com”
http://www.sci-news.com/o...

Publication: Scientific American
Title: “3 Large Rivers Once Split Sahara: Scientific American Podcast”
http://www.scientificamer...

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PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 04 Oct 2013 at 21:50 GMT

The following articles represent some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Aktuality.sk
Title: “Sahara aborigines probably migrated along rivers”
http://www.aktuality.sk/c...

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RE: Media coverage of this article

NCYT_Amazings replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 20 Feb 2014 at 12:21 GMT

Publication: NCYT (Noticias de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia) (ISSN 2013-6714 ), published by Amazings®. It's a popular science magazine written in Spanish.
Title: Los ríos olvidados del Sahara marcaron las rutas de las primeras migraciones del Ser Humano fuera de África
http://noticiasdelacienci...

Competing interests declared: NCYT magazine staff