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Re: mass extinction

Quoting Tommy Tyrberg <tommy.tyrberg@norrkoping.mail.telia.com>:

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.

Nick Pharris
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan

"Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity."
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