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Re: mass extinction
Quoting Tommy Tyrberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
Also there was a *very* large extinction in the Pacific when it was
colonized by the Polynesians. The size is uncertain since most
islands haven't been studied yet, but it certainly affected many more
species than 800. From the number of extinct species found on the
islands that have been investigated David Steadman estimates >2000
species *of birds alone*, i e 20% of the extant bird species
of the World.
Another major extinction occurred on Madagascar 500-2,000 years ago.
Total number of affected species is not known, since there has been
very limited research as yet.
Let's face it: Austronesian languages cause mass extinctions.
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan
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