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To: allmendream

Perhaps they were on the way down when we decided to make tools?

Early man didn’t focus on mega fauna other than to scavenge what remained.

Again I’ll pose: if the lethality of sticks and stone were not in question, how then did mega fauna survive the human onslought in other continents?

I can’t blame Bush-men ;) :p

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24 posted on 08/18/2010 1:04:36 PM PDT by hkusp40 (NJ: The Laboratory of failed social experiments.)
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To: hkusp40
The spear points stuck into them seems to argue that they did focus on them other than to scavenge their remains.

(mostly) From Science News. Dec 19, 2009.

North American Megafauna: 14,000 to 11,000 years ago.giant sloths; short faced bears; giant polar bears; California tapirs; peccaries; the American lion; giant condors; Miracinonyx ; saber-toothed cats like Xenosmilus, Smilodon and the scimitar cat; Homotherium; dire wolves; saiga; camelids such as two species of now extinct llamas and Camelops; at least two species of bison; stag-moose; the shrub-ox and Harlan's muskox; horses; mammoths and mastodons; and giant beavers as well as birds like teratorns.

Giant Kangaroo: 45,000 years ago: Australia. Within 5,000 years of human settlement, 90% of mammal species larger than a house cat, including the giant kangaroo, had gone extinct.

Large Caribbean Sloths: 4,400 years ago: Caribbean. By 800 years after human settlement, serval species of sloths died out.

Elephant Bird: 1,000 years ago. Madagascar. Within a millennium of humans’ arrival, the island's elephant birds, and other magafauna, were largely gone.

Moa: 500 years ago. New Zealand. Within two centuries of human settlement.

Dodo: 350 years ago. Mauritius. Within five or six decades of the island's first permanent settlement, the dodo was done.

25 posted on 08/18/2010 1:19:03 PM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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