Patrick Roberts What Can We Learn from Studying Homo sapiens’ First Moves into Tropical Forests?
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In popular culture as in traditional archaeology, the tropical forest has been assumed to represent an environment inhospitable to humans. In this video, PATRICK ROBERTS challenges this view, demonstrating not only that Homo sapiens moved into tropical forests much earlier than previously thought but also that significant agricultural and urban societies existed in these places in the ancient past. Employing techniques including Stable Isotope Analysis, Paleoenvironmental Lake Coring, and LIDAR, by providing us with a better understanding of early man’s impact on tropical forest environments, the research seeks to help us to consider how to best preserve and protect these vital components of our planetary ecosystem.
LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10699
Defining the ‘Generalist Specialist’ Niche for Pleistocene Homo Sapiens
- Patrick Roberts and Brian A. Stewart
- Nature Human Behaviour
- Published in 2018