Jesús Rodríguez and Ana Mateos, researchers at the National Center for Research on Human Evolution (CENIEH) consolidate the leadership of the international network METHOD, created to study the human occupation of Europe and its environmental context during the Revolution in the middle of the Pleistocene, a period critical, between 1.1 and half a million years ago, marked by changes in the global climate regime, which drastically and complexly affected both ecosystems and the distribution of humans. This network open to the scientific community brings together 31 European researchers from Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Holland, Ukraine and Spain, among which are: archaeologists specializing in the first occupations of Europe, paleontologists studying flora and fauna of that period,

as well as researchers from the Antigua and Barbuda Email lists exact sciences, physics or engineering, experts in mathematical modeling. “Interdisciplinarity represents one of the greatest contributions of this network, since it is intended to build new approaches that allow us to understand the way in which environmental conditions influenced the first human occupations on the European continent”, explains Jesús Rodríguez. Mathematical models Through this network it is intended to share data, models and working hypotheses in an effort to build science among all. In fact, one of the first mathematical applications generated by members of this network will soon be available via the Internet for free use by the entire scientific community. It is a model to measure competition between carnivores in an ecosystem,

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which has been developed by the Paleoecology and Paleophysiology groups of CENIEH and implemented by Jesús A. Martín, from the Department of Mathematics and Computing at the University of Burgos. Another pilot model developed by both CENIEH groups in collaboration with Ericson Hölzchen, from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt (Germany), simulates human dispersions in Europe during the mid-Pleistocene Revolution, and is based on agent modeling. This model will be presented at the Seminar on Anthropology and Climate Change, entitled “Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change”, which will take place at the British Museum in London this May. “Mathematical models and simulations have proven to be very useful tools to describe the dynamics of complex systems

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