31 Mar '17, 7pm

New research shows role ancient peoples might have played in shaping Amazon rainforest

New research shows role ancient peoples might have played in shaping Amazon rainforest

Levis and team caution that we still have a lot to learn about how mankind might have affected the species composition of the largest rainforest in the world, however. For one thing, it’s not clear what impacts more recent Amazonian settlements have had on the distribution and abundance of domesticated species that we can observe today. And while some regions, like Southwestern Amazonia, were found to have particularly high concentrations and diversities of these species (such as Brazil nut trees, which remain a staple of local residents’ livelihoods to this day), other regions, like the Guiana Shield, were found to harbor far fewer of the 85 species studied.

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/03/new-research-shows-role...

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