Evolving the human niche


Boivin et al.’s article profoundly deepens scientific understanding of anthropogenic global ecological change from Pleistocene to present by offering robust new evidence of early human transformation of the biosphere that should influence discussions on Anthropocene formalization. As ecologists and evolutionary theorists, we applaud this work. However, we are also concerned that this paper represents a missed opportunity to bring archaeology, ecology, and evolutionary theory closer together.

Publication Type
Journal Article
Erle C. Ellis, Geography & Environmental Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Peter J. Richerson
Alex Mesoudi
Jens-Christian Svenning
John Odling-Smee
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences