Humans blamed for megafauna extinction

Feb 2011
13,540
Perambulating in St James' Park
#2
Saw this on fb, haven't read it yet but I was under the impression megafauna died out at the end of the last ice age, which I'd always presumed would indicate climate being a major factor.
 
Dec 2010
11,643
Near St. Louis.
#3
Saw this on fb, haven't read it yet but I was under the impression megafauna died out at the end of the last ice age, which I'd always presumed would indicate climate being a major factor.
Not hard for it to be both. Remember that the Plains Indians used to stampede entire herds of buffalo off cliffs to get the meat and other usable items from a few of them. I can imagine them doing the same to larger (and slower reproducing) animals.
 

BenSt

Ad Honorem
Aug 2013
4,565
Canada, originally Clwyd, N.Wales
#5
This is quite fascinating. A had always wondered how small bands of Humans could have effected megafauna population sizes... but then when we consider that megafauna all over the planet, even in temperate climates, were going extinct at around the rise of Human spread. Thanks for posting these Rasta very interesting.
 

Belgarion

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Jul 2011
6,624
Australia
#6
This has always been controversial in Australia. The adherents of the 'noble savage' theory have always insisted that the natives lived peace and harmony in a state of natures grace before the coming of the evil white man.
Evidence that they altered the landscape irreversibly by the use of fire and drove the megafauna to extinction has always been seen as some sort of white plot to demonise the natives.
In spite of mounting evidence the PC mob still screeches whenever their pet ideas are challenged.
 

davu

Ad Honorem
Jun 2010
4,078
Retired - This Mountain isn't on a Map
#7
wow -- aren't they being just a little wordy --- 10 pages and the last 2 1/4 are references. --- I think I'm going to complain to someone about the overuse of paper.

Did anybody see any mention of Picea critchfieldii. I probably read it to fast to pick that up.
 
Feb 2011
13,540
Perambulating in St James' Park
#8
Interesting that it's a piece by the Royal Society, they have an wide selection of videos too:


The Royal Society - YouTube




Fossils with the lovely Dr Alice Roberts
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qzne-DuLKw]Fossils, fact and fiction - YouTube[/ame]


A Short History of Nearly Everything with Bill Bryson
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EapVLxFiL3U]A short history of nearly everything - YouTube[/ame]


A new Chronology for Ancient Egypt.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCUIo6w3R-U]A new chronology for ancient Egypt - YouTube[/ame]
 
May 2014
199
black hole
#10
Climate change was a fact of life during the Paleocene as it had been for the last several hundred million years, what was unprecedented was the emergence of a carnivorous naked ape that managed to make the evolutionary arms race irrelevant in its case.
 

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