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Of rats and resilience

A revised timeline for the arrival of settlers on Mangaia island in Polynesia reveals the resilience of this population, which overcame an environmental crisis through bold measures to support a sustainable society.

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Figure 1: The landscape of Mangaia island has been shaped by human intervention.

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