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Avifaunal Extinctions, Vegetation Change, and Polynesian Impacts in Prehistoric Hawai`i
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Data indicate that avian extinctions and extirpations were the result of habitat destruction in the form of lowland forest decline, with strong evidence that forest decline followed Polynesian colonization of Hawai`i but preceded dispersal, suggesting that direct human activity such as burning or gardening had nothing to do with the general decline.
Development of an agroforest on a Micronesian high island: prehistoric Kosraean agriculture
The impact of the human presence on the fauna of a Pacific island is often immediately archaeologically visible in the slaughter of its land birds seen in the bones. The impact on vegetation is less
Pollen-based reconstructions of biome distributions for Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific (SEAPAC region) at 0, 6000 and 18,000 14C yr BP
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This study provides the first continental-scale reconstruction of mid-Holocene and LGM vegetation patterns from Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific using an objective biomization scheme and will provide a benchmark for evaluation of palaeoclimate simulations within the framework of the Palaeoclimated Modelling Intercomparison Project.
EARLY CRETACEOUS TETRADS, ZONASULCULATE POLLEN, AND WINTERACEAE. II. CLADISTIC ANALYSIS AND IMPLICATIONS
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This chapter discusses near-vessellessness in Ephedra and its significance in xylem evolution, and some of the strategies used to achieve this state.
Environmental Change and Prehistoric Polynesian Settlement in Hawai'i
IT HAS NOW BEEN A LITTLE MORE than a decade since Patrick Kirch (1982a) summarized the available and rather uneven evidence for environmental change in Hawai'i, compiling information from both
Large-scale decline in offshore seagrass meadows in Bermuda
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Fine-scale computerized mapping and subsequent broad-scaled field assessment of seagrass meadows in Bermuda show that meadows representing nearly one-quar- ter of the territory's total seagRass area in 1997 had declined by 2004, and the decline appears to have been in progress as early as 1996.
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