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Exploitation and utilization of tropical rainforests indicated in dental calculus of ancient Oceanic Lapita culture colonists

Tromp, Monica; Matisoo-Smith, Elizabeth; Kinaston, Rebecca; Bedford, Stuart; Spriggs, Matthew; Buckley, Hallie R.


Remote Oceania, which largely consists of islands covered in tropical forests, was the last region on earth to be successfully colonized by humans, beginning 3,000 years ago. We examined human dental calculus from burials in an ancient Lapita culture cemetery to gain insight into the early settlement of this previously untouched tropical environment, specifically on the island of Efate in Vanuatu. Dental calculus is an ideal material to analyse questions of human and plant interactions due to...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Human Behaviour
DOI: 10.1038/s41562-019-0808-y


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