Until recently, human use of tropical rainforests was considered to be limited to the Holocene (starting c.
10,000 years ago) and, prior to this, these environments were considered to be barriers to human occupation. However, a new paper published in the Journal of Human Evolution
, co-authored by Patrick Roberts, Michael Petraglia, and Oshan Wedage of the Department of Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, demonstrates human reliance on tropical rainforest resources in the Late Pleistocene, 36,000 years ago. [more]