Re: Modern Neanderthals?

Danny Fagandini (
Mon, 14 Oct 1996 10:32:10 BST (Yousuf Khan) wrote:

> We place too much importance on our own perceived skills as killers,
> that we think that we were singlehandedly responsible for extinctions
> of many other species.

It is generally thought that the Clovis people, travelling from the
Canadian plains to central Mexico around 12000BP, were very effective
hunters leaving a trail of extinctions behind them. (Clive Gamble,
'Timewalkers', Penguin Books 1993, pages 208-209)

It is also said that the Pacific islands, including New Zealand,
"witnessed catastrophic extinction rates among their local fauna due
to human colonisation" (ibid pages 233-234).