Estimates of Clovis-Era Megafaunal Populations and Their Extinction Risks

  • Gary Haynes
Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

In order to evaluate the contribution that Clovis-era hunting made to the end-Pleistocene extinctions, we must examine the North American empirical evidence fairly, without using models from different continents and different taxa as blueprints for the process of human hunting impacts. Before trying to decide how (or if) Clovis hunting could have had a significant effect on American megamammal extinctions, 1 a worthwhile thing to know or estimate is the size of the continental populations of megamammals during the Clovis era. Of course, no direct measure is possible, but there are some possible clues and guides in the methods employed in modern wildlife conservation practices.

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Clovis era megafauna extinction risks 

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  • Gary Haynes
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  1. 1.Anthropology DepartmentUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA

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