> Oxford Conference February 2010, click here for information
74,000 years ago,
a large section of the Indonesian island of Sumatra exploded in one of
the biggest volcanic eruptions of the past 2 million years. The global
environmental impact of the ash and gas clouds from this ‘super-volcano’
– known as Toba – is considered by some scientists to be the most
catastrophic event the human species has ever endured.
But did we face extinction? What happened to the world’s
climate? And how did Toba shape human evolution? This website describes
the work of an international team of researchers investigating these
questions. Using archaeology, genetics, geology, volcanology and climate
modeling, this team is unraveling for the first time the full fascinating
story behind the Toba super-eruption.
> READ MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT