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Paleoindian Hunters and Extinct Animals

George C. Frison

in Survival by Hunting

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520231900
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927964 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231900.003.0003
Paleoindian Hunters and Extinct Animals

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This chapter considers the possibility that human hunters and extinct animals coexisted in North America. It discusses questions concerning the taxonomy of the extinct animals, the time of human entry into the Americas and the possible role of humans in animal extinction. It explains that archaeological records clearly demonstrate that human predators were present in North America during part of the extinction period and that their presence alone provides a legitimate reason for arguing that they contributed, in some way, to the animals' final demise.

Keywords: human hunters; extinct animals; North America; animal extinction; human predators; taxonomy

Chapter.  8275 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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