Alaska Quaternary Center

AQC supports researchers who study the past two million years through its biology, climate, geology and human systems. This time period is known as the Quaternary Period.  Researchers with the center work on projects like helping to date archaeological sites or look at the landscape of Alaska during its last warming period.

Research projects include helping date a site where in Alaska where researchers found the remains of twin ice-age infants, the youngest ice age humans found in the Western Hemisphere. In another research project, a graduate student is trying to see what Alaska’s coastal areas were like when the Arctic Ocean was last ice free (turns out there were otters up there).

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