Archaeological assessment reveals Earth’s early transformation through land use

  title={Archaeological assessment reveals Earth’s early transformation through land use},
  author={Lucas Stephens and Dorian Q. Fuller and Nicole Boivin and Torben C. Rick and Nicolas Gauthier and Andrea Kay and Ben Marwick and C. G. Armstrong and C. Michael Barton and Tim Denham and Kristina G. Douglass and Jonathan Driver and Lisa Janz and Patrick Roberts and Jason Rogers and Heather B Thakar and Mark Altaweel and Amber Lynn Johnson and Maria Sampietro Vattuone and Mark Steven Aldenderfer and Sonia Archila and Gilberto Artioli and Martin T. Bale and Timothy P. Beach and Ferran Borrell and Todd J. Braje and Philip I. Buckland and Nayeli G. Jim{\'e}nez Cano and Jos{\'e} M. Capriles and Agust{\'i}n Diez Castillo and Çiler Çilingiroğlu and Michelle Negus Cleary and James Conolly and Peter R. Coutros and R. Alan Covey and Mauro Cremaschi and Alison Crowther and Lindsay Der and Savino di Lernia and John F. Doershuk and William E. Doolittle and Kevin J. Edwards and Jon M. Erlandson and Damian H. Evans and Andrew S. Fairbairn and Patrick Faulkner and Gary M. Feinman and Ricardo Fernandes and Scott M. Fitzpatrick and Ralph M. Fyfe and Elena A. A. Garcea and Steven T. Goldstein and Reed Charles Goodman and Jade Dalpoim Guedes and Jason T. Herrmann and Peter Hiscock and Peter Hommel and K. Ann Horsburgh and Carrie A. Hritz and John W. Ives and Aripekka Junno and Jennifer G. Kahn and Brett Sanford Kaufman and Catherine Kearns and Tristram R. Kidder and François B. Lano{\"e} and Dan Lawrence and Gyoung-Ah Lee and Maureece J. Levin and Henrik B. Lindskoug and Jos{\'e} Antonio L{\'o}pez‐S{\'a}ez and Scott Macrae and Rob Marchant and John M. Marston and Sarah B. McClure and Mark D. McCoy and Alicia Ventresca Miller and Michael Morrison and Giedrė Motuzaitė Matuzevi{\vc}iūtė and Johannes M{\"u}ller and Ayushi Nayak and Sofwan Noerwidi and Tanya M. Peres and Christian E Peterson and Lucas Proctor and Asa R. Randall and Steve Renette and Gwen Robbins Schug and Krysta Ryzewski and Rakesh Saini and Vivian Scheinsohn and Patricia Schmidt and Pauline Sebillaud and Oula Seitsonen and Ian A. Simpson and Arkadiusz Sołtysiak and Robert J Speakman and Robert Nicholas Spengler and Martina L. Steffen and Michael J. Storozum and Keir M. Strickland and Jessica C. Thompson and Tina L. Thurston and Sean Ulm and M. Cemre Ustunkaya and Martin H. Welker and Catherine Foster West and Patrick Ryan Williams and David K. Wright and Nathan J. Wright and Muhammad Zahir and Andrea Zerboni and Ella Beaudoin and Santiago Munevar Garcia and Jeremy Powell and Alexandra Thornton and Jed O. Kaplan and Marie-Jos{\'e} Gaillard and Kees Klein Goldewijk and Erle C. Ellis},
  pages={897 - 902}
A synthetic history of human land use Humans began to leave lasting impacts on Earth's surface starting 10,000 to 8000 years ago. Through a synthetic collaboration with archaeologists around the globe, Stephens et al. compiled a comprehensive picture of the trajectory of human land use worldwide during the Holocene (see the Perspective by Roberts). Hunter-gatherers, farmers, and pastoralists transformed the face of Earth earlier and to a greater extent than has been widely appreciated, a… 
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