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Eden in Peril: Impact of Humans on Pacific Island Ecosystems
Island Studies Journal
Islands have often been cited as models of human impact upon the environment. With high rates of endemism and other unique characteristics, island ecosystems are subject to dramatic perturbation. The arrival of humans in Near Oceania during the Pleistocene led swiftly to a series of fauna extinctions. In the New Guinea Highlands clearing and tending of wild plants gave rise to tree and root crop agriculture, intensive cultivation technology, and anthropogenic grasslands. By 3600 BP (Beforedoi:10.24043/isj.190 fatcat:kim4depvazg5phghvk3xognhhe