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Holocene Extinctions

Samuel T. Turvey


The extent to which human activity has influenced species extinctions during the recent prehistoric past remains controversial due to other factors such as climatic fluctuations and a general lack of data. However, the Holocene (the geological interval spanning the last 11,500 years from the end of the last glaciation) has witnessed massive levels of extinctions that have continued into the modern historical era, but in a context of only relatively minor climatic fluctuations. This makes a detailed consideration of these extinctions a useful system for investigating the impacts of human activi ... More

Keywords: archaeology, biodiversity loss, environmental change, extinct species, fossil record, palaeontology, Quaternary

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199535095
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535095.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel T. Turvey, editor
Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, UK

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