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Illinois State Museum Quaternary Studies Program

Scientists in the Museum's Quaternary Studies Program investigate the environments, plants, animals, and human adaptations of the Pleistocene (Ice-Age) and Holocene (last 10,000 years). This interdisciplinary research program examines past environments, biota, and human lifeways using the combined expertise of earth, natural, and social scientists. It's one of the few programs in the country that examines long-term trends in the climate, landscape, and biota of the Midwestern United States, with an emphasis on the period from 40,000 years ago to the present, while integrating changing human-land interactions over the last 11,500 years.

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