Climate change likely impacted human populations 5,500 years ago: Study

Human populations in Europe fluctuated with changing climates between 5,500 and 3,500 years ago, according to a study.
The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, examined Central European regions rich in archaeological remains and geologic sources of climate data.
The researchers from Kiel University, Germany, used these resources to identify correlations between human population trends and climate change.
The three areas examined were the Circumharz region of central Germany, the Czech Republic/Lower Austria region, and the Northern Alpine Foreland of southern Germany.
“Between 5,500 and 3,500 years ago, climate was a major factor in population development in the regions around the Harz Mountains, in the northern Alpine foreland and in the region of what is now the Czech Republic and Austria,” the authors of the study said.
“However, not only the population size, but also the social structures changed with climate fluctuations,” they said.
The team compiled over 3,400 publ

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