Assessing the Causes Behind the Late Quaternary Extinction of Horses in South America Using Species Distribution Models

  title={Assessing the Causes Behind the Late Quaternary Extinction of Horses in South America Using Species Distribution Models},
  author={Natalia A. Villavicencio and Derek Corcoran and Pablo A. Marquet},
  journal={Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution},
At the end of the Pleistocene, South America witnessed the loss of an 83% of all megafaunal genera that inhabited the continent at that time. Among the taxa that disappeared were all the representatives of the Equidae family, including several species of Equus and Hippidion. Previous studies have investigated the causes behind the extinction of horses in South America using radiocarbon data sets to set the time of extinction and compare it to the timing of major climate changes and human… 

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