, Volume 69, Issue 11, pp 524–527

The evolution of man and the extinction of animals

  • Hermann Remmert

DOI: 10.1007/BF00463496

Cite this article as:
Remmert, H. Naturwissenschaften (1982) 69: 524. doi:10.1007/BF00463496


Africa has lost only very few big mammals at the end of the pleistocene. Evidence is put forward that the reason for the present richness of the African mammal fauna is a very early coevolution between evolving man and the megafauna of this area. Areas without such an early coevolution suffered severe losses (up to 100%) of their native megafauna, when early hunters invaded them.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Remmert
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  1. 1.Fachbereich Biologie der UniversitätMarburg/Lahn