Pleistocene Overkill and North American Mammalian Extinctions

  title={Pleistocene Overkill and North American Mammalian Extinctions},
  author={David J. Meltzer},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
  • D. J. Meltzer
  • Published 21 October 2015
  • Geography
  • Annual Review of Anthropology
Clovis groups in Late Pleistocene North America occasionally hunted several now extinct large mammals. But whether their hunting drove 37 genera of animals to extinction has been disputed, largely for want of kill sites. Overkill proponents argue that there is more archaeological evidence than we ought to expect, that humans had the wherewithal to decimate what may have been millions of animals, and that the appearance of humans and the disappearance of the fauna is too striking to be a mere… Expand

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