megafauna extinction

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All over the world the early Holocene period saw the decline and extinction of megafauna. The causes of this are a matter of some debate. Changing environmental and climatic conditions must have played a part, but so too did the activities of hunter‐gatherer populations. With reference to North America, where 32 genera of mammals became extinct, Paul Martin has argued that the Clovis Culture big‐game hunters were responsible for the megafauna extinction because of wasteful hunting methods.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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