Prehistoric agricultural practices could offer solutions for modern tropical forest conservation

BY OLIVIA MILTNER

A new study that reviewed how prehistoric people impacted tropical forests thousands of years ago could present ideas for more effective conservation strategies.

Among the findings, the study provides a glimpse of tropical agricultural that differs greatly from common farming practices today.

The review, recently published in the journal Nature Plants, found that humans have been managing forests around the world for 45,000 years, domesticating native plants and clearing forests on small scales to provide for communities of various sizes.

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