“Our findings suggest that language loss will be even more critical to the extinction of medicinal knowledge than biodiversity loss.”
– Researchers Rodrigo Cámara-Leret and Jordi Bascompte, examining the “high uniqueness in indigenous knowledge and strong coupling with threatened languages” in a recent PNAS paper. “Each indigenous language is a unique reservoir of medicinal knowledge,” they write, ”a Rosetta stone for unravelling and conserving nature’s contributions to people.”

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