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No evidence for widespread island extinctions afterPleistocene hominin arrival

Louys, Julien; Braje, Todd J.; Chang, Chun-Hsiang; Cosgrove, Richard; Fitzpatrick, Scott; Fujita, Masaki; Hawkins, Stuart; Ingicco, Thomas; Kawamura, Ai; MacPhee, Ross D E; McDowell, Matthew; Meijer, Hanneke J.M.; Piper, Philip; Roberts, Patrick; Simmons, Alan H.; van den Bergh, Gerrit; van der Geer, Alexandra; Kealy, Shimona; O'Connor, Sue


The arrival of modern humans into previously unoccupied island ecosystems is closely linked to widespread extinction, and a key reason cited for Pleistocene megafauna extinction is anthropogenic overhunting. A common assumption based on late Holocene records is that humans always negatively impact insular biotas, which requires an extrapolation of recent human behavior and technology into the archaeological past. Hominins have been on islands since at least the early Pleistocene and Homo...[Show more]

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Date published: 2021
Type: Journal article
Source: PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2023005118
Access Rights: Open Access


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