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Restore the lost ecological functions of people

Recent calls for the reintroduction of functionally important animal species are motivated by a desire to restore ecological function, but overlook the ecological roles performed by humans. Here, we consider humans in ecological context, exploring our roles in the maintenance and restoration of ecosystem function.

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Fig. 2: Ecological functions provided by people of the Western Desert, Australia.

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Bliege Bird, R., Nimmo, D. Restore the lost ecological functions of people. Nat Ecol Evol 2, 1050–1052 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-018-0576-5

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