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Sandra Nogué, Lea de Nascimento, José María Fernández-Palacios, Robert J. Whittaker and Kathy J. Willis The ancient forests of La Gomera, Canary Islands, and their sensitivity to environmental change Journal of Ecology 101

Article first published online: 25 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12051

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A rapid climatic-induced shift of forest taxa occurred 5500 years ago, with a decrease in hygrophilous species in the pollen record. In contrast, we found no evidence of a significant response to human colonization. These findings support the idea that Garajonay National Park is protecting a truly ancient relict, comprising a largely natural rather than cultural legacy.

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