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Julio Mercader, and Raquel Marti
June 8, 1999

Archaeological evidence from the forested lowlands of Equatorial Guinea indicates that human occupation, exploitation, and anthropogenic impact on central African forest biomes date back many millennia and that tropical forest environments may not be the backwater stage for human evolution and cultural development that is often assumed.

Julio Mercader
August 7, 2002

Under the Canopy turns conventional wisdom on its head by providing a well-documented, geographically diverse overview of Stone Age sites in the wet tropics. New research indicates that, as humanity and its precursors increased their geographical and ecological ranges, rainforests were settled at a much earlier period than had previously been thought. Featuring the work of leading scholars from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Malaysia, Panama, Spain, and the United States, Under the Canopy creates a new niche in paleolithic studies: the archaeology of tropical rainforests. This book provides the first synthesis of archaeological research in early foraging sites across the rainforest zone, and indicates that tropical forests could harbor important clues to human evolution, origins of modern behavior, cultural diversity, and human impact on tropical ecosystems.

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