Daniel Sinclair @_DanielSinclair Building for young people. Not reading @danielsunread. Lurking behind likes and thinking about social media, communication, & China. Jul. 28, 2019 1 min read

Brazil remains home to 67 uncontacted tribes. Human history is being lost just as quickly as the world's biodiversity. "Brazil’s part of the Amazon has lost more than 1,330 sq mi of forest cover since Mr. Bolsonaro took office, a 39% [annual] increase"  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/28/world/americas/brazil-deforestation-amazon-bolsonaro.html 

By the numbers, extinction is now outpacing evolution.

Quite sad and ironic is that the future of biodiversity may be gene editing, and its leading work is targeting the very land being burned. Brazil's forests are repurposed for cattle grazing, and those cattle are being engineered to survive the climate.

Just in the last few years, lost civilizations pertinent to human history have been discovered in the Amazon as the forests disappeared and LIDAR could penetrate the dwindling canopies. Some of the mythology was right.  https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2013/06/hidden-city-angkor-wat 

Many of Brazil's uncontacted tribes could be traced back to the remnants of those civilizations. They're refugees of accidental, devastating biological warfare.


You can follow @_DanielSinclair.



Bookmark

____
Tip: mention @threader_app on a Twitter thread with the keyword “compile” to get a link to it.

Enjoy Threader? Sign up.

Threader is an independent project created by only two developers. The site gets 500,000+ visits a month and our iOS Twitter client was featured as an App of the Day by Apple. Running this space is expensive and time consuming. If you find Threader useful, please consider supporting us to make it a sustainable project.