31 Mar '13, 11pm

Mass Extinction Of Birds In The Pacific Islands Was Caused By Humans, Research Shows #animals

Mass Extinction Of Birds In The Pacific Islands Was Caused By Humans, Research Shows #animals

One of the last regions on the planet to be colonized by humans, the Pacific Islands, were home to over 1,000 unique species of birds that became extinct concurrently with the colonization, new research from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has found. As recently as 2000 BC, many of the tropical Pacific Islands were completely uninhabited by humans, one of the last “untouched” areas on the planet. With the arrival of the first people (that we know of) in areas such as Hawaii and Fiji, extensive damage to the ecosystems of these areas began, primarily as a result of deforestation and overhunting/resource exploitation. Some of the first animals to go extinct in many of these regions were birds. The exact scale and extent of these extinctions has been somewhat unclear, because of the limited fossil record in these regions. But it is clear the mass extinction of species ...

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2013/03/26/mass-extinction-of-birds...

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