Asian Rainforests Affected by Men since 11,000 Years Ago

26/01/2014 17:36

By Julie S |

Researchers from the Queen's University Belfast have found evidence of human intervention in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. Forests located in Sumatra, Java, Thailand, Vietnam, and Borneo, which were previously believed to be unaffected by humans, were in fact shaped by men for at least 11,000 years.Although it is extremely challenging to find evidence of human activity in rainforests, due to the fact that traditional archeological techniques of locating and studying sites are difficult to carry out in the forest, the researchers found out that reviewing pollen samples and published paleoecology researches may suggest human activities in the area. [Read more] ...