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Ancient Human Impacts on California Birds

Recent work with the rich archaeological avifauna from the Emeryville Shellmound of San Francisco Bay has documented that the avian landscape of the region was fundamentally anthropogenic. Large-sized species or those otherwise sensitive to human harvesting were hardest hit by human foragers of the late Holocene. Ongoing work with other collections from the region provide independent tests of the patterns documented at Emeryville.

Last Updated: 11/28/16