Rapid prehistoric extinction of iguanas and birds in Polynesia.

  title={Rapid prehistoric extinction of iguanas and birds in Polynesia.},
  author={David W. Steadman and Gregory K. Pregill and David V Burley},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={99 6},
The Tongoleleka archaeological site on Lifuka Island, Kingdom of Tonga, is a rich accumulation of pottery, marine mollusks, and nonhuman bones that represents first human contact on a small island in Remote Oceania approximately 2,850 years ago. The lower strata contain decorated Lapita-style pottery and bones of an extinct iguana (Brachylophus undescribed sp.) and numerous species of extinct birds. The upper strata instead feature Polynesian Plainware pottery and bones of extant species of… CONTINUE READING
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