I created this film clip for the Institute for Studies in Landscape and Human Evolution at Bournemouth University to support their research how climate change and landscape guided our evolution. It illustrates the changing climate across Africa and the importance of springs in supporting life during periods of hot, dry climate.
Over many years the climate cycles between hot and cold periods. The hot climate causes forests to thin out; lush savannahs become dry and sparse; rivers dry up; and the water level of lakes recede. During these difficult periods early hominids, and other wildlife, would have relied on springs and their small pockets of greenery in order to survive. This film focuses on the area between Lake Manyara and Lake Natron in Tanzania to illustrate this hypothesis.
With thanks to:
Matthew Bennett, Sally Reynolds, & Peter Truckel - Project Supervisors
Music: 'Hyper Galaxy' by Terry Devine-King; published by Audio Network.