Ramón and Maya Ruins: An Ecological, Not an Economic, Relation

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Science  16 Apr 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4543, pp. 298-299
DOI: 10.1126/science.216.4543.298


Economically important trees such as ramón have been shown to have a high density in the civic-ceremonial core zone of ancient Maya ruins. The distribution of such trees is probably the result of their requirements for growth and reproduction, which are optimal on the ruins, and not because they are the descendants of trees planted by the Maya aristocracy.

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