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Anthropology Faculty Member Dr. Tyler Faith Published new findings in Science.
These findings potentially exonerate early humans as the driving force behind the mass extinction of ancient African megafauna.

We congratulate Dr. Tyler Faith on a recent publication in the Journal Science, which challenges the traditionally held hypothesis that the extinction of Plio-Pleistoceine African megafauna was due to early human hunting activity. Dr. Faith and his co-authors found that megafauna extinctions began long before early hominins would have had the tools or physical capability to routinely hunt large game, and instead propose that these extinctions were due to changes in the past environment. The full text of the article is available online, reception of this paper has received news coverage by the BBC, and more information can be found in this Natural History Museum of Utah blog post.

Last Updated: 12/3/18