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

C. Levis, F. R. C. Costa, F. Bongers, M. Peña-Claros, C. R. Clement, A. B. Junqueira, E. G. Neves, E. K. Tamanaha, F. O. G. Figueiredo, R. P. Salomão, C. V. Castilho, W. E. Magnusson, O. L. Phillips, J. E. Guevara, D. Sabatier, J.-F. Molino, D. Cárdenas López, A. M. Mendoza, N. C. A. Pitman, A. Duque & 133 others P. Núñez Vargas, C. E. Zartman, R. Vasquez, A. Andrade, J. L. Camargo, T. R. Feldpausch, S. G. W. Laurance, W. F. Laurance, T. J. Killeen, H. E. Mendonça Nascimento, J. C. Montero, B. Mostacedo, I. L. Amaral, I. C. Guimarães Vieira, R. Brienen, H. Castellanos, J. Terborgh, M. de Jesus Veiga Carim, J. R. da Silva Guimarães, L. de Souza Coelho, F. D. de Almeida Matos, F. Wittmann, H. F. Mogollón, G. Damasco, N. Dávila, R. García-Villacorta, E. N. H. Coronado, T. Emilio, D. de Andrade Lima Filho, J. Schietti, P. Souza, N. Targhetta, J. A. Comiskey, B. S. Marimon, B.-H. Marimon, D. Neill, A. Alonso, L. Arroyo, F. A. Carvalho, F. C. de Souza, F. Dallmeier, M. P. Pansonato, J. F. Duivenvoorden, P. V. A. Fine, P. R. Stevenson, A. Araujo-Murakami, G. A. Aymard C., C. Baraloto, D. D. do Amaral, J. Engel, T. W. Henkel, P. Maas, P. Petronelli, J. D. Cardenas Revilla, J. Stropp, D. Daly, R. Gribel, M. Ríos Paredes, M. Silveira, R. Thomas-Caesar, T. R. Baker, N. F. da Silva, L. V. Ferreira, C. A. Peres, M. R. Silman, C. Cerón, F. C. Valverde, A. Di Fiore, E. M. Jimenez, M. C. Peñuela Mora, M. Toledo, E. M. Barbosa, L. C. de Matos Bonates, N. C. Arboleda, E. de Sousa Farias, A. Fuentes, J.-L. Guillaumet, P. Møller Jørgensen, Y. Malhi, I. P. de Andrade Miranda, J. F. Phillips, A. Prieto, A. Rudas, A. R. Ruschel, N. Silva, P. von Hildebrand, V. A. Vos, E. L. Zent, S. Zent, B. B. L. Cintra, M. T. Nascimento, A. A. Oliveira, H. Ramirez-Angulo, J. F. Ramos, G. Rivas, J. Schöngart, R. Sierra, M. Tirado, G. van der Heijden, E. V. Torre, O. Wang, K. R. Young, C. Baider, A. Cano, W. Farfan-Rios, C. Ferreira, B. Hoffman, C. Mendoza, I. Mesones, A. Torres-Lezama, M. N. U. Medina, T. R. van Andel, D. Villarroel, R. Zagt, M. N. Alexiades, H. Balslev, K. Garcia-Cabrera, T. Gonzales, L. Hernandez, I. Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, A. G. Manzatto, W. Milliken, W. P. Cuenca, S. Pansini, D. Pauletto, F. R. Arevalo, N. F. Costa Reis, A. F. Sampaio, L. E. Urrego Giraldo, E. H. Valderrama Sandoval, L. Valenzuela Gamarra, C. I. A. Vela, H. ter Steege

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The marks of prehistoric human societies on tropical forests can still be detected today. Levis et al. performed a basin-wide comparison of plant distributions, archaeological sites, and environmental data. Plants domesticated by pre-Columbian peoples are much more likely to be dominant in Amazonian forests than other species. Furthermore, forests close to archaeological sites often have a higher abundance and richness of domesticated species. Thus, modern-day Amazonian tree communities across the basin remain largely structured by historical human use.Science, this issue p. 925The 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 than nondomesticated species to be hyperdominant. Across the basin, the relative abundance and richness of domesticated species increase 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.
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Pages (from-to)925-931
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Levis, C., Costa, F. R. C., 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), 925-931. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aal0157
Levis, C. ; Costa, F. R. C. ; Bongers, F. ; Peña-Claros, M. ; Clement, C. R. ; Junqueira, A. B. ; Neves, E. G. ; Tamanaha, E. K. ; Figueiredo, F. O. G. ; Salomão, R. P. ; Castilho, C. V. ; Magnusson, W. E. ; Phillips, O. L. ; Guevara, J. E. ; Sabatier, D. ; Molino, J.-F. ; López, D. Cárdenas ; Mendoza, A. M. ; Pitman, N. C. A. ; Duque, A. ; Vargas, P. Núñez ; Zartman, C. E. ; Vasquez, R. ; Andrade, A. ; Camargo, J. L. ; Feldpausch, T. R. ; Laurance, S. G. W. ; Laurance, W. F. ; Killeen, T. J. ; Nascimento, H. E. Mendonça ; Montero, J. C. ; Mostacedo, B. ; Amaral, I. L. ; Guimarães Vieira, I. C. ; Brienen, R. ; Castellanos, H. ; Terborgh, J. ; Carim, M. de Jesus Veiga ; Guimarães, J. R. da Silva ; Coelho, L. de Souza ; Matos, F. D. de Almeida ; Wittmann, F. ; Mogollón, H. F. ; Damasco, G. ; Dávila, N. ; García-Villacorta, R. ; Coronado, E. N. H. ; Emilio, T. ; Filho, D. de Andrade Lima ; Schietti, J. ; Souza, P. ; Targhetta, N. ; Comiskey, J. A. ; Marimon, B. S. ; Marimon, B.-H. ; Neill, D. ; Alonso, A. ; Arroyo, L. ; Carvalho, F. A. ; de Souza, F. C. ; Dallmeier, F. ; Pansonato, M. P. ; Duivenvoorden, J. F. ; Fine, P. V. A. ; Stevenson, P. R. ; Araujo-Murakami, A. ; Aymard C., G. A. ; Baraloto, C. ; do Amaral, D. D. ; Engel, J. ; Henkel, T. W. ; Maas, P. ; Petronelli, P. ; Revilla, J. D. Cardenas ; Stropp, J. ; Daly, D. ; Gribel, R. ; Paredes, M. Ríos ; Silveira, M. ; Thomas-Caesar, R. ; Baker, T. R. ; da Silva, N. F. ; Ferreira, L. V. ; Peres, C. A. ; Silman, M. R. ; Cerón, C. ; Valverde, F. C. ; Di Fiore, A. ; Jimenez, E. M. ; Mora, M. C. Peñuela ; Toledo, M. ; Barbosa, E. M. ; Bonates, L. C. de Matos ; Arboleda, N. C. ; Farias, E. de Sousa ; Fuentes, A. ; Guillaumet, J.-L. ; Jørgensen, P. Møller ; Malhi, Y. ; de Andrade Miranda, I. P. ; Phillips, J. F. ; Prieto, A. ; Rudas, A. ; Ruschel, A. R. ; Silva, N. ; von Hildebrand, P. ; Vos, V. A. ; Zent, E. L. ; Zent, S. ; Cintra, B. B. L. ; Nascimento, M. T. ; Oliveira, A. A. ; Ramirez-Angulo, H. ; Ramos, J. F. ; Rivas, G. ; Schöngart, J. ; Sierra, R. ; Tirado, M. ; van der Heijden, G. ; Torre, E. V. ; Wang, O. ; Young, K. R. ; Baider, C. ; Cano, A. ; Farfan-Rios, W. ; Ferreira, C. ; Hoffman, B. ; Mendoza, C. ; Mesones, I. ; Torres-Lezama, A. ; Medina, M. N. U. ; van Andel, T. R. ; Villarroel, D. ; Zagt, R. ; Alexiades, M. N. ; Balslev, H. ; Garcia-Cabrera, K. ; Gonzales, T. ; Hernandez, L. ; Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, I. ; Manzatto, A. G. ; Milliken, W. ; Cuenca, W. P. ; Pansini, S. ; Pauletto, D. ; Arevalo, F. R. ; Reis, N. F. Costa ; Sampaio, A. F. ; Giraldo, L. E. Urrego ; Sandoval, E. H. Valderrama ; Gamarra, L. Valenzuela ; Vela, C. I. A. ; ter Steege, H. / Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition. In: Science. 2017 ; Vol. 355, No. 6328. pp. 925-931.
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AU - Ramos, J. F.

AU - Rivas, G.

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N1 - M1 - 6328

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - The marks of prehistoric human societies on tropical forests can still be detected today. Levis et al. performed a basin-wide comparison of plant distributions, archaeological sites, and environmental data. Plants domesticated by pre-Columbian peoples are much more likely to be dominant in Amazonian forests than other species. Furthermore, forests close to archaeological sites often have a higher abundance and richness of domesticated species. Thus, modern-day Amazonian tree communities across the basin remain largely structured by historical human use.Science, this issue p. 925The 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 than nondomesticated species to be hyperdominant. Across the basin, the relative abundance and richness of domesticated species increase 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.

AB - The marks of prehistoric human societies on tropical forests can still be detected today. Levis et al. performed a basin-wide comparison of plant distributions, archaeological sites, and environmental data. Plants domesticated by pre-Columbian peoples are much more likely to be dominant in Amazonian forests than other species. Furthermore, forests close to archaeological sites often have a higher abundance and richness of domesticated species. Thus, modern-day Amazonian tree communities across the basin remain largely structured by historical human use.Science, this issue p. 925The 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 than nondomesticated species to be hyperdominant. Across the basin, the relative abundance and richness of domesticated species increase 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.

U2 - 10.1126/science.aal0157

DO - 10.1126/science.aal0157

M3 - Article

VL - 355

SP - 925

EP - 931

JO - Science

JF - Science

SN - 0036-8075

IS - 6328

ER -

Levis C, Costa FRC, Bongers F, Peña-Claros M, Clement CR, Junqueira AB et al. Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition. Science. 2017;355(6328):925-931. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aal0157