2021-09-01. Une préface pour un beau livre sur les Steppes d’Asie Centrale

Steppes Secrètes A travers les paysages du Kazakhstan, de l’Ouzbékistan, de la Mongolie et de la Chine, il vous offre une sélection de plus de 200 photographies documentaires de nature et de voyage, commentées par nombre d’anecdotes naturalistes.

2021-07-01. Terra Antiqua plugin officially released

Terra Antiqua is a plug in for QGIS ( install QGIS) we developed to make paleogeographic reconstructions.

The plugin can then be installed directly from QGIS (Plugins/ Manage and Install Plugins)

Manual here

Github shared.

2021-06-17. Sustainable Change: Climate and Ressources

EDUC Seminar organized by Guillaume Dupont-Nivet and Katharina Klauss.

Over 50 participants present and discussed cross-disciplinary project ranging from Natural to Social Sciences.

Programme, list of participants and videos of presentations coming soon.

2021-04-30. Vegetation and Geodynamic of the India-Asia collision

Dispersal routes and paleogeography

Check out the highlight of Huansheng’s PhD on vegetation evolution during the accretion of the Burma terrane and associated paleogeographic changes. The accomplishment of years of work and the fruit of trans-disciplinary collaboration.

  • Huang, H., Pérez-Pinedo, D., Morley, R.J., Dupont-Nivet, G., Philip, A., Win, Z., Aung, D.W., Licht, A., Jardine, P.E. and Hoorn, C., 2021. At a crossroads: The late Eocene flora of central Myanmar owes its composition to plate collision and tropical climate. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology,

2021-04-28-29. EGU presentations on MAGIC results.

EGU21-15842 | vPICO presentations | EMRP3.2  Are carbonates from the India-Asia collision remagnetized ? 
Pierrick Roperch and Guillaume Dupont-Nivet Wed, 28 Apr, 15:51–15:53

EGU21-15621 | vPICO presentations | TS7.10/GD6.8/GMPV11.6/SM1.3  Northward motion of the Burma Terrane alongside India during the Cenozoic.
Jan Westerweel, Pierrick Roperch, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Alexis Licht, Nathan Cogne, and Fernando Poblete Thu, 29 Apr, 16:08–16:10

EGU21-14050 | vPICO presentations | TS7.6/BG3.47/GD5.8/GM9.3/SSP1.16 Revised chronology of central Tibet uplift and its implications
Xiaomin Fang, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Chengshan Wang, Chunhui Song, Qingquan Meng, Weilin Zhang, Junsheng Nie, Tao Zhang, and Ziqiang Mao Thu, 29 Apr, 09:36–09:38

Application of our tool Terra Antiqua presented at EGU

EGU21-12503 | vPICO presentations | EMRP3.1  Magnetostratigraphy from the Hominin Sites Paleolakes Drilling Project (HSPDP) drill cores, low latitudes reorientation
Mark Jan Sier, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Cor Langereis, and Andy Cohen and the HSPDP science team
Thu, 29 Apr, 11:15–11:17

EGU21-9901 * | vPICO presentations | TS7.7/GD6.7/GM9.4/GMPV11.3/SSP2.14 | Highlight  Large recent counterclockwise rotations in the Tajik Basin and implications on the Pamir salient formation
Lin Li, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Pierrick Roperch, Yani Najman, Mustafa Kaya, Niels Meijer, and Jovid Aminov Thu, 29 Apr, 11:21–11:23

EGU21-8613 | vPICO presentations | CL1.13/SSP2.5  Continental temperature seasonality from Eocene Warmhouse to Oligocene Coolhouse — A model-data comparison
Agathe Toumoulin, Yannick Donnadieu, Delphine Tardif, Jean-Baptiste Ladant, Alexis Licht, Lutz Kunzmann, and Guillaume Dupont-Nivet Thu, 29 Apr, 11:59–12:01

2021-04-12. Asian Geodynamic, Climate and Biodiversity during the India-Asia collision

Colloquium of the Institute of Geosciences, Potsdam University by Guillaume Duont-Nivet

2021-04-01. Evolution of continental temperature seasonality from the Eocene greenhouse to the Oligocene icehouse-A model-data comparison

Toumoulin, A., Tardif, D., Donnadieu, Y., Licht, A., Ladant, J.-B., Kunzmann, L., and Dupont-Nivet, G.: Evolution of continental temperature seasonality from the Eocene greenhouse to the Oligocene icehouse – A model-data comparison, Clim. Past Discuss. [preprint],, in review, 2021.

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2021-03-02. The onset of Asian dust

The retreat of the proto-Paratethys Sea resulted in aridification and the onset of a high-pressure system over Siberia driving the East Asian winter monsoon and dust storms.

Enjoy Niel’s cutting edge thesis work including the age of the onset of Asian dust production, a new hypothesis for this dust generation and a reappraisal of grain size methods for dust interpretations. See also Niel’s great review on interpreting dust in the sedimentary record.

Meijer, N., Dupont‐Nivet, G., Barbolini, N., Woutersen, A., Rohrmann, A., Zhang, Y., Liu, X.J., Licht, A., Abels, H.A., Hoorn, C. and Tjallingii, R., 2020. Loess‐like dust appearance at 40 Ma in central China. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology,

2021-02-10. Global reconstructions on interactive website

The accomplishment of years of work for Fernando’s masterpiece (monsterpiece?). It includes revisions of the geologic literature over the main orogens and a new approach to making paleoreconstructions with an associated interactive website including database and updates. Check it out!

Poblete, F., Dupont-Nivet, G., Licht, A., van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Roperch, P., Mihalynuk, M.G., Johnston, S.T., Guillocheau, F., Baby, G., Fluteau, F., Robin, C., Van der Linden*, T.J.M., Ruiz*, D. and Baatsen, M., (2021), Towards interactive global paleogeographic maps, new reconstructions at 60, 40 and 20 Ma, Earth Science Reviews , v. 214, 10.1016/j.earscirev.2021.103508

2020-12-09. Chronology of the Tibetan Plateau uplift

Sediments on the Tibetan Plateau have recorded its past elevations. Yacks for scale. Photo @ G. Dupont-Nivet

The topographic evolution of the Tibetan Plateau is essential for understanding its construction and its influences on climate, environment, and biodiversity. The timing of uplift is a hugely controversial topic that is resolved in our recent paper:

Fang, X. Dupont-Nivet, G., Wang, CS., Song, CH., Meng, QQ., Zhang, WL., Nie, JS., Zhang, T., Mao, ZQ., Chen, Y., (2020),Revised chronology of Central Tibet uplift (Lunpola Basin). Science Advances, 6, 50, doi 10.1126/sciadv.aba7298

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2021-10-09 The evolution of Central Asian steppes

Ecological collapse at the Eocene-Oligocene transition.

Barbolini, N., Woutersen, A., Dupont-Nivet, G., Silvestro, D., Tardif, D., Coster, P.M.C., Meijer, N., Chang, C., Zhang, H.X., Licht, A.,Rydin, C., Koutsodendris, A., Han, F., Rohrmann, A., Liu, X-J., Zhang, Y., Donnadieu, Y., Fluteau, F., Ladant, J-B., Le Hir, G. and Hoorn, C., (2020), Cenozoic evolution of the steppe-desert biome in Central Asia, Science Advances, 10.1126/sciadv.abb8227

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2019-09-09. Drift of the Burma Terrane during the India-Asia collision

Amazing and surprising results from Jan’s thesis constrain the position of Burma to very low latitudes showing it was not part of Asia with huge implication on the India-Asia collision as well as on Asian biodiversity evolution.

Westerweel*, J., Roperch, P., Licht, A., Dupont-Nivet, G., Win, Z., Poblete, F., Ruffet, G., Swe, H.H., Thi, M.K., Aung, D.W. (2019). Burma Terrane part of the Trans-Tethyan arc during collision with India according to palaeomagnetic dataNature Geoscience. 10.1038/s41561-019-0443-2

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La collision Inde-Asie vue du Myanmar

2019-06-11. The Oldest Oldowan Artifacts dated at >2.58 Ma

Beautiful tools from the in the Afar of Ethiopia(Ledi-Geraru area) are finally dated and turn out to be the oldest ever found!

Braun, D. R., Aldeias, V., Archer, W. A., Arrowsmith, JR., Baraki, N., Campisano, C. J., Deino, A.L., DiMaggio, E.N., Dupont-Nivet, G., Engda, B., Feary, D.A., Garello, D.I., Kerfelew, Z., McPherron, S.P., Patterson, D.B., Reeves, J.S., Thompson, J.C., Reed, K. E., (2019), The Oldest Oldowan Artifacts at >2.58 Ma from Ledi-Geraru, Ethiopia Highlights Pliocene Technological DiversityProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences10.1073/pnas.1820177116

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