Human beings have dramatically reduced mammal populations in the Atlantic forest

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South America’s Atlantic Forest was once home to an “exuberant … megadiverse” swath of animal and plant life, according to ecologist Juliano Bogoni. But in a paper published in the journal PLoS One on September 25th, Bogoni and his colleagues report that the forest’s collision with humans over the past 500 years has dramatically cut through its mammal populations.

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