Technical Response: Response to Comment on “Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition”

In 2017 a group of researchers led by ecologist Carolina Levis (National Institute of Amazonian Research / Wageningen University), among which the IIS researcher André Junqueira, published an article in Science ( showing that the distribution of domesticated species in the Amazon forest is related to past human occupation patterns. A group of researchers sent a reply to the article by Levis et al., in which they raise the possibility that the distribution of domesticated species could result from post- (and not pre-) Columbian human activity. In reply to this criticism, the CSRio researcher André Junqueira and collaborators published a letter in Science.