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Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition

Levis, Carolina; Costa, Flávia R.C.; Bongers, Frans; Peña-Claros, Marielos; Clement, Charles R.; Junqueira, André B.; Neves, Eduardo G.; Tamanaha, Eduardo K.; Figueiredo, Fernando O.G.; Salomão, Rafael P.; Castilho, Carolina V.; Magnusson, William E.; Phillips, Oliver L.; Guevara, Juan Ernesto; Sabatier, Daniel; Molino, Jean-François; Cárdenas López, Dairon; Monteagudo Mendoza, Abel; Pitman, Nigel C.A.; Duque, Alvaro; Núñez Vargas, Percy; Zartman, Charles Eugene; Vasquez, Rodolfo; Andrade, Ana; Camargo, José Luís; Feldpausch, Ted R.; Laurance, Susan G.W.; Laurance, William F.; Killeen, Timothy J.; Mendonça Nascimento, Henrique Eduardo; Montero, Juan Carlos; Mostacedo, Bonifacio; Leão Amaral, Iêda; van der Heijden, Geertje; Guimarães Vieira, Ima Célia; van der Heijden, Geertje; ter Steege, Hans

Authors

Carolina Levis

Flávia R.C. Costa

Frans Bongers

Marielos Peña-Claros

Charles R. Clement

André B. Junqueira

Eduardo G. Neves

Eduardo K. Tamanaha

Fernando O.G. Figueiredo

Rafael P. Salomão

Carolina V. Castilho

William E. Magnusson

Oliver L. Phillips

Juan Ernesto Guevara

Daniel Sabatier

Jean-François Molino

Dairon Cárdenas López

Abel Monteagudo Mendoza

Nigel C.A. Pitman

Alvaro Duque

Percy Núñez Vargas

Charles Eugene Zartman

Rodolfo Vasquez

Ana Andrade

José Luís Camargo

Ted R. Feldpausch

Susan G.W. Laurance

William F. Laurance

Timothy J. Killeen

Henrique Eduardo Mendonça Nascimento

Juan Carlos Montero

Bonifacio Mostacedo

Iêda Leão Amaral

Ima Célia Guimarães Vieira

Hans ter Steege



Abstract

The extent to which pre-Columbian societies altered Amazonian landscapes is hotly debated. We performed a basin-wide analysis of pre-Columbian impacts on Amazonian forests by overlaying known archaeological sites in Amazonia with the distributions and abundances of 85 woody species domesticated by pre-Columbian peoples. Domesticated species are five times more likely to be hyperdominant than non-domesticated species. Across the basin the relative abundance and richness of domesticated species increases in forests on and around archaeological sites. In southwestern and eastern Amazonia distance to archaeological sites strongly influences the relative abundance and richness of domesticated species. Our analyses indicate that modern tree communities in Amazonia are structured to an important extent by a long history of plant domestication by Amazonian peoples.

Citation

Levis, C., Costa, F. R., Bongers, F., Peña-Claros, M., Clement, C. R., Junqueira, A. B., …ter Steege, H. (2017). Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition. Science, 355(6328), https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aal0157

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 25, 2017
Publication Date Mar 3, 2017
Deposit Date Mar 3, 2017
Publicly Available Date Sep 4, 2017
Journal Science
Print ISSN 0036-8075
Electronic ISSN 1095-9203
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 355
Issue 6328
DOI https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aal0157
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/40261
Publisher URL http://science.sciencemag.org/content/355/6328/925
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is the author’s version of the work. It is posted here by permission of the AAAS for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Science on 3rd of March, vol. 355, no. 6328, p. 925-931
DOI:10.1126/science.aal0157

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