Sunday, January 07, 2007

Were rats the cause of Rapanui's deforestation?

Rats, not men, to blame for death of Easter Island
A vast army of rodents gnawed its way through the Pacific paradise's palm nuts and left it a wasteland
By Roger Dobson
Independent Online Edition
Published: 07 January 2007

Although Easter Island has long been held to be the most important example of a traditional society destroying itself, it appears that the real culprits were rats - up to three million of them.

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