Prehistoric Native Americans and Ecological Change: Human Ecosystems in Eastern North America since the Pleistocene

Prehistoric Native Americans and Ecological Change: Human Ecosystems in Eastern North America since the Pleistocene

by Paul A. Delcourt, Hazel R. Delcourt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521662702

ISBN-13: 9780521662703

Pub. Date: 07/01/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

There has long been controversy between ecologists and archaeologists over the role of prehistoric Native Americans as agents of ecological change. Using ecological and archaeological data from the woodlands of eastern North America, Paul and Hazel Delcourt show that Holocene human ecosystems are complex adaptive systems in which humans have interacted with the

Overview

There has long been controversy between ecologists and archaeologists over the role of prehistoric Native Americans as agents of ecological change. Using ecological and archaeological data from the woodlands of eastern North America, Paul and Hazel Delcourt show that Holocene human ecosystems are complex adaptive systems in which humans have interacted with the environment on a series of spatial and time scales. Their work therefore has important implications for the conservation of biological diversity and for ecological restoration today, making it of great interest to ecologists and archaeologists alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521662703
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Part I. Panarchy as an Integrative Paradigm: Overview; 1. The need for a new synthesis; 2. Panarchy theory and Quaternary ecosystems; 3. Holocene human ecosystems; Part II. Ecological Feedbacks and Processes: Overview; 4. Gene-level interactions; 5. Population-level interactions; 6. Community-level interactions; 7. Landscape-level interactions; 8. Regional-level interactions; Part III. Application and Synthesis: Overview; 9. The ecological legacy of prehistoric Native Americans; References; Index.

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