In Madagascar, Farms Have Replaced Forests (image) Duke University Share Print E-Mail Caption Many of Madagascar's original forests have been cut and burned to make way for rice paddies and grazing cattle. A new study suggests the island's trees began their retreat tens of thousands of years before humans arrived. Credit Photo by David Haring, Duke Lemur Center Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.