I do not underestimate the possibility Aboriginals had a large hand in megafauna extinctions, but I wonder if it was just as big a factor that they ‘managed’ the environment to create ‘abundance’ which may have become less diverse; species becoming less various, numbers of certain species seeing increase, while others - beyond megafauna - diminishing..
Don't underestimate human predation as an extinction factor
humans are the deadliest predator of all , in every continents save Africa humans appearance coincided with massive extinction event , sheer bad luck or those beasts didn't just fall of an ecological cliff ...they were pushed
You make some really interesting points..
" the main reason for the for the decline of fertility throughout much of the Fertile Crescent"
and the Indus valley , North Africa and probably other places as well
Aborigines were directly responsible for the extinction of the Giant short faced Kangaroo , it seems that being a large beast make one a choice target for hunters .
did the aborigines managed abundance ? I doubt it , they simply impacted their environment to suit themselves , if it had a beneficial effect on some specie that was largely incidental
nobody can claim our cities manage the abundance of pigeons or rats
Not to tell the truth about Aboriginals - to romanticise them and overlook anything that might seem distasteful to our modern perspectives sent back in time - is as bad a form of paternalism as it is to unfairly judge them. To look at history with with an open mind, to find cause and effect and side step good and bad (modern judgments misapplied) should be what we do. It is also the respectful way to look at history quite some distance from us IMO..
on the short faced extinction
Giant kangaroo extinction theory disputed â€º News in Science (ABC Science)
there is a racist narrative to paint aborigines as some "nice "people ,that's Rouseau's "good savage" narative
this reduce them to the status of some societal teddy bear , it diminish them as an object of interested curiosity
Abbos drink beer , love cars and country music
they are people with just as much vicious stupidity as all of us , they are us
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