Articles | Volume 15, issue 4
Research article
08 Aug 2019
Research article |  | 08 Aug 2019

Pollen-based quantitative land-cover reconstruction for northern Asia covering the last 40 ka cal BP

Xianyong Cao, Fang Tian, Furong Li, Marie-José Gaillard, Natalia Rudaya, Qinghai Xu, and Ulrike Herzschuh

Data sets

A taxonomically harmonized and temporally standardized fossil pollen dataset from Siberia covering the last 40 ka Xianyong Cao, Fang Tian, Andrei A. Andreev, Patricia M. Anderson, Anatoly V. Lozhkin, Elena V. Bezrukova, Jian Ni, Natalya A. Rudaya, Astrid Stobbe, Mareike Wieczorek, and Ulrike Herzschuh


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Short summary
The high-quality pollen records (collected from lakes and peat bogs) of the last 40 ka cal BP form north Asia are homogenized and the plant abundance signals are calibrated by the modern relative pollen productivity estimates. Calibrated plant abundances for each site are generally consistent with in situ modern vegetation, and vegetation changes within the regions are characterized by minor changes in the abundance of major taxa rather than by invasions of new taxa during the last 40 ka cal BP.