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Re: mass extinction
On Mon, 20 Mar 2006 19:57:03 -0500, Jeff Hecht wrote
> That's an important part of the evidence that humans were linked to
> the Pleistocene extinction -- our widespread presence was something
> that differed from prior interglacials.
In cases like New Zealand, megafaunal extinction was very rapid after the
introduction of feral primates, and their activities can probably be blamed.
However in other areas (like Australia) where there was a long coexistance
(tens of thousands of years), those pesky primates certainly weren't the sole
reason for megafaunal extinction. They may not even have been the main
No doubt hunting activities and land clearance didn't help, however middle-
class guilt and political correctness are not good reasons to lump the blame
entirely on us poor maligned hominids. We're not *completely* evil. :)
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