Long-lasting effects of ironwork on mammal distributions over the last millennium

Pre-modern energy-intensive industries have had long-lasting impacts on macro-ecological patterns. A new study revealed that the impact of pre-modern ironwork starting over 1000 years ago can still be seen in the distributions of small mammals in Japan today. The study offers insights into the history of biodiversity and provides practical knowledge that can be used to develop sustainable societies in the Anthropocene and minimize the irreversible degradation of ecosystems.
Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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