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Scientists Dispel Myths, Provide New Insight Into Human Impact on Pre-Columbian Amazon River Basin
June 14, 2012
A paper published this week in Science provides the most nuanced view to date of the small, shifting human populations in much of the Amazon before the arrival of Europeans. The research, which includes the first landscape-scale sampling of central and western Amazonia, finds that early inhabitants were concentrated near rivers and lakes but actually had little long-term impact on the outlying forests, hardly touching land far from natural sources of water.
Florida Institute of Technology
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