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    Tropical limestone forest resilience during MIS-2: implications for Pleistocene foraging & modern conservation

    Rabett, R. and Ludgate, N. and Stimpson, C. and Hill, E. and Hunt, C. and Ceron, J. and Farr, L. and Morley, M. and Reynolds, Tim and Zukswert, H. and Simpson, D. and Nyiri, B. and Verhoeven, M. and Appleby, J. and Meneely, J. and Phan, L. and Dong, N.-N. and Lloyd-Smith, L. and Hawkes, J. and Blyth, A. and Cao Tan, N. (2017) Tropical limestone forest resilience during MIS-2: implications for Pleistocene foraging & modern conservation. Quaternary International 448 , pp. 62-81. ISSN 1040-6182.

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    In this paper we present a multi-proxy study of tropical limestone forest and its utilization by human groups during the major climatic and environmental upheavals of MIS-2 (29-11.7 ka BP). Our data are drawn from new field research within the Tràng An World Heritage property, on the edge of the Red River Delta, northern Vietnam. Key findings from this study include 1) that limestone forest formations were resilient to the large-scale landscape transformation and inundation of the Sunda continent at the end of the last glaciation; 2) that prehistoric human groups were probably present in this habitat through-out MIS-2; and 3) that the forested, almost insular, karst of Tràng An provided foragers with a stable resource-base in a wider changing landscape. These results have implications for our understanding of the prehistoric utilization of karst environments and resonance for conservation efforts in the face of climate and environmental change today.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Limestone forest, Resilience, MIS-2, Tropical foragers, Refugium, Conservation
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Moving Image, Birkbeck Institute for the (BIMI)
    Depositing User: Tim Reynolds
    Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 13:51
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:27


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