Skip to comments.Global late Quaternary megafauna extinctions linked to humans, not climate change
Posted on 06/09/2014 4:13:04 AM PDT by Paul46360
"A new study led by Jens-Christian Svenning of Aarhus University has strongly suggested that humans are squarely responsible for the disappearance of megafauna during the last 100,000 years. The results have been published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B."
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Specifically, it was white males that did it.
Thank you, humans.
Here is the key takeaway:
“While there are invariably going to be animals lost after a great climate change such as the ending of an ice age, the loss of megafauna that followed the most recent glacial event is an anomaly when compared to the ending of other ice ages.”
There is one difference. Homo Sapiens. They weren’t around at the end of any earlier ice ages than the last one, commonly called the Wurm or Wisconsin Glaciation.
So all of that megafauna existed in the Americas until those Asian interlopers arrived?
My God! Was this jackass paid to do this study with tax payers’ money?
I doubt this. Population levels and population density levels of ice age hunter gather people were never high enough at the time to cause a mass extinction world wide, nor did they have adequate weapons to do so.
Consider the case of the Plains Indians and the Buffalo herds. The herds grew to huge proportions but the Indians never had populations high enough to put a dent in the population.
We have a country of 300 million people , many of whom hunt and we have a hard time keeping the deer population down
Whenever I read the word “study” in a article, I become skeptical. Most of these studies are worth nothing, and are just done in order to obtain more grant money.
There were not enough humans over the past 100000 years to affect anything on the Earth.
The same is true today.
One thing these a$$hole$ don’t get. Humans are as much a part of the ecosystem as cockroaches. Humans are not unnatural. We are part of the Earth.
Why is it that these people are ashamed of being human?
It must be true; the researcher saw it on The Flintstones.
Since the title on the thread matches the title at the source, are you sure you understand FR posting rules?
LOL. That was my first thought.
It looks like “IFLScience.org” is a blog of some kind. The link looks to have been changed to the actual source, instead of the blog that you reference. Maybe the headline was changed to reflect the actual title in the source article?
Some bloggers here do that - source something, change a word or two, and then link to their blog instead of the source and act like they are doing FR a favor by linking their blog instead of the source. Kind of scummy but they do it.
I see megafauna every time I go to walmart.
Those animals have fairly high reproductive rates. Some of the large animals produce few young, and it takes a long time for the young to mature to reproductive age. Elephants, for example, gestate for two years and become sexually mature at age 14. Some of the megafauna (which were much larger than elephants) probably had even longer cycles. With such a slow reproductive rate, it would not take much hunting to disrupt the viability of the herd. Couple that with the climate changes--large body mass makes dissipating heat difficult--and they could not survive.
Maybe it's because these people are creeps.
The title, source, link, author's name and date you used all had to be changed to reflect the original published title, the names of the study's authors, the site of original publication and the date the study was originally published.
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They were using extremely powerful assault spears with high capacity clips filled with extremely powerful “FLINT” spear points which are specifically designed to kill megafauna.
I say the only good megafauna is a dead megafauna.
Desperate attempt to minimize climate change that happened before SUVs. Fail.