Megafauna: First Victims of the Human-Caused Extinction

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Megafauna: First Victims of the Human-Caused Extinction

Is a book by Baz Edmeades that discusses human and other hominin-hunting and how we broke out of the constrains of natural selection by way of our inventiveness.

I wrote this review on Amazon (with Nana's Amazon prime account):

Other books like Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens and Jared Diamond's Third Chimpanzee, say that humans probably killed off the mammoths, after some "Great Leap Forward" where we started acting like a "Banana Republic" but this book takes us back over 1.5 million years ago and provides more profound insights into how and why we find ourselves in collision with our biosphere.

I love the aside Baz gives on talking about radiocarbon and other dating methods. Similar to the way other information is presented, it allows you to come to the conclusion that "Beyond a probable doubt, this is the most likely scenario."

When Baz wrote "Dart and Leakey [] were, in effect, giving the middle finger to an anthropological world that had for decades ignored or disparaged their ideas and discoveries.", I can't help but think he is not doing the same thing in this book.

The book is now for sale in Canada at: Amazon Canada

and in the US at:

See also: