The Associational Critique of Quaternary Overkill and why it is Largely Irrelevant to the Extinction Debate

  title={The Associational Critique of Quaternary Overkill and why it is Largely Irrelevant to the Extinction Debate},
  author={Todd A. Surovell and Brigid Grund},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  pages={672 - 687}
Abstract The overkill hypothesis has been criticized using a simple observation–with the exception of New Zealand, there is little evidence for human hunting of extinct Quaternary faunas. We explore the legitimacy of this argument, or what we call the “Associational Critique,” the idea that the paucity of evidence for the subsistence exploitation of extinct taxa weakens or falsifies overkill. Using quantitative and probabilistic models, based on the temporal depth of extinction events, human… 

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