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Did humans eat pygmy hippos into extinction?

The discovery of thousand of pygmy hippo bones in Cyprus is prompting discussion about whether humans ate the animals into extinction.

“We believe that they were primarily taken, processed and cooked at the site … and maybe, some at least, were consumed there,” said Simmons.

“But they also then could have been sent out to other related sites in the vicinity, although documenting contemporary sites has proven difficult.”

One thought on “Did humans eat pygmy hippos into extinction?

  1. Yum.

    I make the obligatory Hungry Hungry for Hippos joke.

    If your species has evolved to be super delicious and easy to kill, it is important that you figure out how to use this to your advantage.

    Cows, for example, have ensured their survival as a species by cleverly tricking humans into feeding, caring for and breeding them.

    Corn has used humans to spread its seed around the world.

    The disadvantage to piggybacking on the ambitions of humanity is that it is not sustainable. Cows can no longer live without our watchful eye, and without irrigation corn would not survive in most of the places it is currently grown.

    The global megafaunal extinctions at the end of the Pleistocene were probably caused by several pressures, including climate change, over hunting and disease. Just one of these could stress a population but not to the point of extinction, all at once proves disastrous.

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