Pre-Columbian people spread fruit species across Latin America

Enlarge / A sapodilla, one of the fruits used by the native inhabitants of Central America. (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Prehistoric humans helped spread edible fruit species across Central and South America, even as they wiped out the megafauna that had done so previously. In the process, we maintained and even expanded the plants’ habitats, increased biodiversity, and engineered ecosystems on two continents. Today, these fruit species could be important in 21st-century efforts to...

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