The domestication of Amazonia before European conquest

  title={The domestication of Amazonia before European conquest},
  author={Charles Roland Clement and William M. Denevan and Michael J. Heckenberger and Andr{\'e} Braga Junqueira and Eduardo G. Neves and Wenceslau Geraldes Teixeira and William I. Woods},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  • C. ClementW. Denevan W. Woods
  • Published 7 August 2015
  • Environmental Science
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
During the twentieth century, Amazonia was widely regarded as relatively pristine nature, little impacted by human history. This view remains popular despite mounting evidence of substantial human influence over millennial scales across the region. Here, we review the evidence of an anthropogenic Amazonia in response to claims of sparse populations across broad portions of the region. Amazonia was a major centre of crop domestication, with at least 83 native species containing populations… 

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