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Response to 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, eaan8837
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan8837

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McMichael et al. state that we overlooked the effects of post-Columbian human activities in shaping current floristic patterns in Amazonian forests. We formally show that post-Columbian human influences on Amazonian forests are indeed important, but they have played a smaller role when compared to the persistent effects of pre-Columbian human activities on current forest composition.

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