Data from: Mauritius on fire: tracking historical human impacts on biodiversity loss
Gosling, William D. et al. (2017), Data from: Mauritius on fire: tracking historical human impacts on biodiversity loss, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.f1c31
Fire was rare on Mauritius prior to human arrival (AD 1598); subsequently three phases of elevated fire activity occurred: c. 1630-1747, 1787-1833, and 1950-modern. Elevated fire frequency coincided with periods of high human impact evidenced from the historical record, and is linked to the extinction of island endemics.