The Discovery of America

@article{Martin1973TheDO,
  title={The Discovery of America},
  author={Paul S. Martin},
  journal={Science},
  year={1973},
  volume={179},
  pages={969 - 974}
}
  • P. Martin
  • Published 9 March 1973
  • Environmental Science
  • Science
I propose a new scenario for the discovery of America. By analogy with other successful animal invasions, one may assume that the discovery of the New World triggered a human population explosion. The invading hunters attained their highest population density along a front that swept from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico in 350 years, and on to the tip of South America in roughly 1000 years. A sharp drop in human population soon followed as major prey animals declined to extinction. Possible values… 

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