Miombo woodland in south-central Africa

Miombo woodland in south-central Africa

A miombo woodland

A miombo woodland in south-central Africa. New archaeological and paleoenvironmental evidence suggests that early modern humans used fire in a way that prevented regrowth of the region’s biodiverse and dense forests and created the sprawling bushland that exists today, according to an international team of researchers.

IMAGE: Sarah Ivory / Penn State