GCD used in Amazonia paper

WGLOGOGlobalPaleofireA new Nature Ecology & Evolution paper uses PAGES' Global Paleofire Working Group's Global Charcoal Database to show climate change had a significant impact on indigenous Amazonian communities before the arrival of Europeans in 1492.

Jonas Gregorio de Souza et al. review the most relevant cultural changes seen in the archaeological record of six different regions within Greater Amazonia during late pre-Columbian times. They compare the chronology of those cultural transitions with high-resolution regional palaeoclimate proxies to show that, while some societies faced major reorganization during periods of climate change, others were unaffected and even flourished.

Access the paper "Climate change and cultural resilience in late pre-Columbian Amazonia" here.

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