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Credit: © Hans ter Steege
The Amazon rain forest is one of the most diverse places on Earth, home to unknown thousands of species, including thousands of trees. Until now, scientists didn't know which trees dominated the forest and where different tree species were located. A new study published in the Oct. 17, 2013, issue of the journal Science examined an area of the Amazon and found that only a few dozen tree species are very common, or "hyperdominant."