Ecology of a widespread large omnivore, Homo sapiens, and its impacts on ecosystem processes

  title={Ecology of a widespread large omnivore, Homo sapiens, and its impacts on ecosystem processes},
  author={M. Root-Bernstein and R. Ladle},
  journal={Ecology and Evolution},
  pages={10874 - 10894}
Abstract Discussions of defaunation and taxon substitution have concentrated on megafaunal herbivores and carnivores, but mainly overlooked the particular ecological importance of megafaunal omnivores. In particular, the Homo spp. have been almost completely ignored in this context, despite the extinction of all but one hominin species present since the Plio‐Pleistocene. Large omnivores have a particular set of ecological functions reflecting their foraging flexibility and the varied… Expand
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