anthropogen

: of, relating to, or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature

Solanaceae, Nicotiana rustica, mapacho, махорка, thuốc lào, tobacco

Here are some photos of a variety of Nicotiana rustica I am growing in my garden this summer. This is an enthogenic species of Nicotiana (tobacco) native to South America […]

Article: Glimpsing prehistory in today’s Amazon rainforest

Here’s a snippet from a recent article in Popular Archaeology exploring the contemporary plight of Amazonian peoples and going further to pose the question: “how does the knowledge of the […]

Scientists laser-scan Amazon for evidence of ancient civilizations…

This recent article from the BBC discusses a project that uses drones to laser-scan the amazon to detect anthropogenic landforms / earthworks, evidence of ancient civilizations in the Amazon – the most expansive wilderness […]

Annonaceae, Rollinia deliciosa (mucosa), Biriba – Tropical S. America

Here’s a photo of two immature Biriba fruit. When mature the fruit turns bright yellow. Biriba can be found growing in the wild in the islands of the Caribbean and […]

Solanaceae, Brugmansia vulcanicola, Vulcan Angel’s Trumpet

Brugmansia vulcanicola is one of the less common species in this genus. Native to the subtropical highlands of S. America. Click photos to enlarge. Click here for previous entries on the Brugmansia […]

Is Amazonian tree biodiversity / species distribution a product of past landscape domestication?

News of recent studies has revealed that an estimated 390 billion trees are growing in Amazonia today, consisting of an approximate 16,000 species. 227 of these species are termed “hyperdominant”, […]

More on the 10,400 year history of human habitation in the Bolivian Amazon

Here’s a follow-up article (below) related to the one I just posted on the dating old forest islands in the Moxos region of the Bolivian Amazon — From NBC News […]

Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses of Cacao in Mesoamerica

Here’s a recent, relatively brief but interesting and thorough article on the Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses of Chocolate in Mesoamerica. For a more in-depth read on the subject, I’ll recommend […]

Medicines from the Edge: a Tropical Herbal Convergence – Aguas Zarcas, Costa Rica

A friend, Stephen Brooks, recently contacted me with information on an enthnobotanical / medicinal plant convergence he is coordinating next March in Costa Rica. This will undoubtedly be a fascinating […]