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Easter Island discovery: all options remain open

According to the current paradigm, the remote and enigmatic Easter Island, in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, is thought to have been discovered and settled by Polynesian sailors between about 800 and 1200 CE. However, recent studies using the latest genomic,

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Pre-order the book on Pantepui biodiversity

The book entitled “Biodiversity of Pantepui: the Pristine Lost World of the Neotropical Guiana Highlands” (Eds., V. Rull, T. Vegas-Vilarrúbia, O. Huber and J.C. Señaris) has been finished and is now in production by Elsevier/Academic Press. Pre-orders with a 15%

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Palynology and Vegetation History – new book

A new book has been published in the Frontiers Research Topic series entitled “Palynology and Vegetation History“, to commemorate the centenary of the first quantitative pollen diagram, produced by the Swedish geologist Lennart von Post, the founder of paleoecological palynology. The

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What if the ‘Anthropocene’ is not formalised as new geological epoch?

In the coming years, the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG) will submit its proposal on the ‘Anthropocene’ as a new geological epoch to the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS). If approved, the proposal will be send to the International Union of

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Paleoecology of Easter Island – new eBook

After more than three decades of paleoecological research, the potential role of climatic and anthropogenic drivers on Easter Island’s ecological and cultural change is still under discussion. A new eBook published by Frontiers (Lausane, Switzerland) provides a synthetic view of

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Strong Fuzzy EHLFS to fight simplistic determinism

Although the interpretation of Quaternary records of interrelated environmental–ecological–human processes is necessarily complex, it is often addressed using too-simple deterministic approaches. My latest paper on the subject suggests a holistic framework called EHLFS (Environmental–Human–Landscape Feedbacks and Synergies) to tackle Quaternary complexity.

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A holistic view of Easter Island’s history

CLAFS (Cimate-Landscape-Anthropogenic Feedbacks and Synergies) is a hypothesis integrating natural and anthropogenic drivers of ecological and cultural change aimed at unraveling Easter Island’s history under a holistic perspective Our latest paper paper reviews the existing hypotheses concerning the cultural shift

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