Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

The hunters did it.

7 posts in this topic

This afternoon's issue of Science has the Report explaining how it was figured out (spores of fungi that thrive around big animals) and a Perspective giving a fuller explanation. Here's a tidbit from the Perspective. Short version is that Tim Flannery was more or less right:

The Australasian megafaunal extinction story now seems clear. Shortly after their arrival, small bands of hunters had a devastating effect on large animals, whether it was ∼41,000 years ago in Australia or ∼750 years ago in New Zealand (13). Any climate change at those times was modest and highly unlikely to affect the outcome. Fire and massive biome disruption followed human arrival in regions where there had previously been little or no fire, such as wet tropical Queensland and eastern New Zealand....

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm trying to think on how to respond. I'll be back..... :huh:

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ABC have a nice story. Keep an eye on the dung, the spores and the charcoal. Really clever paleoecological research.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Jared Diamond wrote about this in his book Guns, Germs, and Steel. Everyone should read this book along with his other 2 - Collapse and The Third Chimpanzee. Collapse scared me.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i read those,totally fascinating books. "germs,guns & steel" was made into a mini-series.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes they did , and then they got together with the Collectors and formed an awesome band :rolleyes:

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0