Late Quaternary Extinctions: State of the Debate

  title={Late Quaternary Extinctions: State of the Debate},
  author={Paul L. Koch and Anthony D Barnosky},
  journal={Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics},
  • P. KochA. Barnosky
  • Published 7 November 2006
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
Between fifty and ten thousand years ago, most large mammals became extinct everywhere except Africa. Slow-breeding animals also were hard hit, regardless of size. This unusual extinction of large and slow-breeding animals provides some of the strongest support for a human contribution to their extinction and is consistent with various human hunting models, but it is difficult to explain by models relying solely on environmental change. It is an oversimplification, however, to say that a wave… 

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