They seem to be looking at the last wet phase as an indicator of conditions in prior wet phases.
My objection is to the way studies are presented in the news. I don’t really question the idea that most of our ancestors originated in Africa. Overemphasis of isolated studies does no one any good. You may recall the assertion that dry woodlands prompted bipedal ape evolution while now this seems to have come after bipedal apes roamed the rainforest.