Ecological niche models of Late Pleistocene human land preference: an Australasian test case

  • Alexandra Zachwieja (Creator)



This dataset provides files for use in analysis of human land preference across Australasia, and in a localized analysis of land preference in Laos and Vietnam. All files can be imported into ArcGIS for visualization, and re-analyzed using the open source Maxent species distribution modeling program. CSV files contain known human presence sites for model validation. ASC files contain geographically coded environmental data for mean annual temperature and mean annual precipitation during the Last Glacial Maximum, as well as downward slope data. All ASC files are in the WGS 1984 Mercator map projection for visualization in ArcGIS and can be opened as text files in text editors supporting large file sizes.
Date made availableJun 3 2020
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


  • Late Pleistocene
  • Australasia
  • ecological niche modeling
  • human dispersal
  • land preference

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