Ancient giant turtle driven to extinction by humans
Published on August 18th, 2010 | by Admin1
It is one of the first cases that clearly shows that humans played a role in the demise of the giant, extinct animals known as “megafauna”.
The bones date to just 200 years after humans’ arrival, suggesting they were hunted to extinction for their meat.
However, the turtles lived far longer than other megafauna – which included the famed woolly mammoth; while Australian megafauna is thought to have died out almost 50,000 years ago, it appears that these turtles survived for far longer – until the arrival of a people known as the Lapita.