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Seven of those layers, in the area Bennett and his colleagues recently excavated, held human tracks along with those of long-lost megafauna.23,000-year-old footprints suggest people reached the Americas early|Kiona N. Smith|September 23, 2021|Ars Technica
The combination of a weak magnetic field and this decrease in the sun’s output around the same time “created the perfect storm” of climate and broader environmental changes, placing a major stress on megafauna populations, Turney says.
Those factors may also have led to increased competition between megafauna and human populations, as well as with Neandertals, he says.
Numbers drove culture, culture increased numbers, accelerating cultural evolution, on and on, ultimately pushing human populations to outstrip their ecosystems, devastating the megafauna and forcing the evolution of farming.When Did We Become Fully Human? What Fossils and DNA Tell Us About the Evolution of Modern Intelligence|Nick Longrich|October 18, 2020|Singularity Hub
Within a few thousand years of human arrival on Australia, all the continent's megafauna were hunted to extinction.Here on Earth, The Forgotten Founding Father, and Other Reviews|The Daily Beast|April 30, 2011|DAILY BEAST