The African continent has lost 21.7% of its forests with foliage closed since 1900, according to an analysis of historical records and paleontological evidence made by three researchers from Yale University (United States), and published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution This calculation is substantially lower than previous estimates, which placed the reduction between 35% and 55%. However, it should be noted that deforestation in some areas of western and eastern Africa has reached between 80% and 90%.

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