Re: Large animal extinctions caused by early man

p3voices (
Fri, 05 Jul 1996 00:28:05 -0400

Organization: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Anthropology
Newsgroups: sci.anthropology.paleo

Karen, thanks for your support. Your points are well said.

I agree there are other ways extintions could have occured do to man's interference
in the local ecologies. For example, the effect that intentional grass fires set by
early man in the prairies in N.America could easily outway the effects of direct
hunting in causing extinction. For that matter, I have read others' speculation
that the prairies themselves are to a large extent an artifact of man's interference
through burning and cutting of forest that once existed in the midwest.

About Timo's hypothesis, I accapted his claim of getting it from Brian Fagan. If
this is wrong, my apologies to Brian Fagan that I clumped him with Timo.