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

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Science  20 Oct 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6361, eaan8347
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan8347

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Levis et al. (Research Articles, 3 March 2017, p. 925) concluded that pre-Columbian tree domestication has shaped present-day Amazonian forest composition. The study, however, downplays five centuries of human influence following European arrival to the Americas. We show that the effects of post-Columbian activities in Amazonia are likely to have played a larger role than pre-Columbian ones in shaping the observed floristic patterns.

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