Clues in sediments show that once humans arrived on Great Abaco Island, they hunted large reptiles to extinction and burned the old hardwoods and palms, leading to new pine- and mangrove-dominated lands.
Lakshmi Supriya is a freelance science journalist based in Bangalore, India. She writes about anything fun, quirky, and weird that catches her eye. She also writes about the environment, climate change, physics, biology, and engineering. Her stories have appeared in Science, New Scientist, The Wire, and C&EN, among others. She was a 2019 spring intern at Mongabay Wildtech, where she covered the use of technology for wildlife conservation. She is also a recipient of the World Conference of Science Journalists 2019 Travel Fellowship and was a 2019 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Ocean Journalism Fellow. Before Lakshmi moved to science journalism, she spent her days as a scientist, working at several global corporations such as Intel and Saint Gobain and a few startups, developing products for the semiconductors, medical devices, and plastics industries. She has a Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an undergraduate degree in industrial chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
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