Islands, floras and history : an environmental history of plant introduction and extinction on the Austral Islands, French Polynesia
Jared Diamond has recently suggested that the unique societal and floral attributes of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) and Tikopia may be a result of their geographical and historical isolation. In what Diamond proposes as the 'orthodox' understanding of these islands, I suggest that the discovery of material remains of the extinct Easter lsland palm cf Paschalococcus disperta and the introduced Tikopian tree crop Canarium harveyi can be seen to represent fundamentally different social strategies...[Show more]
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