The uncertain case for human-driven extinctions prior to Homo sapiens

  title={The uncertain case for human-driven extinctions prior to Homo sapiens},
  author={J. Tyler Faith and John Rowan and Andrew Du and W. Andrew Barr},
  journal={Quaternary Research},
  pages={88 - 104}
Abstract A growing body of literature proposes that our ancestors contributed to large mammal extinctions in Africa long before the appearance of Homo sapiens, with some arguing that premodern hominins (e.g., Homo erectus) triggered the demise of Africa's largest herbivores and the loss of carnivoran diversity. Though such arguments have been around for decades, they are now increasingly accepted by those concerned with biodiversity decline in the present-day, despite the near complete absence… Expand
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  • Current Anthropology
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