Palaeoclimatology can with good conscience be called a new scientific discipline, one of the few whose roots do not go way back in the 19th century. Although it took on a wholly new life at the start of the 1970s, it is not yet being practised in very many countries nor is it published in very many languages, but it is none the less truly global in its range of tools, its context and its rate of advance, and the resulting harvest of new knowledge in just one quarter of a century has been amazing. Not surprisingly only a few...

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