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Montcortès: a unique Mediterranean paleoecological record of the last 3000 years

The Pyrenean Lake Montcortès sediments hold the longest continuous and absolutely varve-dated record of the Mediterranean region, encompassing the last three millennia, from the Late Bronze Age to the present. The high-resolution paleoecological reconstruction of the Montcortès sequence using pollen

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Spatiotemporal gradients in the anthropization of Pyrenean landscapes

Pyrenean landscapes were anthropized gradually, from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages, following a general elevational pattern, from lowlands to highlands.  Human settlement, as derived from archaeological evidence, may occur much earlier than irreversible anhtropogenic transformation of landscape, as

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The three dimensions of human impact on island vegetation

The manuscript entitled: Pristinity, degradation and replacement: the three dimensions of human impact on island vegetation, by V. Rull, has been accepted for publication in the journal Progress in Physical Geography. The abstract is reproduced below. Abstract: This paper presents

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The Elsevier book on the paleoecology of Easter Island already published!

Editorial summary. This book synthesizes the available paleoecological knowledge from the last millennia of Easter Island to pave the way towards an integrated interdisciplinary vision of the island’s environmental-ecological-cultural system as a complex functional unit. Human and environmental deterministic views

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New Springer book on the prehistory of Easter Island

Springer has approved the publication of a new book entitled The Prehistory of Easter Island (Rapa Nui): Towards a Multidisciplinary Integrative Framework, edited by Valentí Rull and Christopher M. Stevenson. The book is aimed at presenting representative papers from a

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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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Posted in My publications, Quaternary Journal

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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Special issue on island colonization by humans

The journal Quaternary launches a new special issue entitled “The human footprint on islands – the ecological impact of discovery and colonization” edited by Erik de Boer (Institute of earth Science jaume Almera-CSIC, Spain), Lea de Nascimento (University of La Laguna, Spain),

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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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Video on the paleoecological study of a Pyrenean lake with annually-laminated sediments covering the last millennia

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