Professor Richard Duncan: The impact of humans; patterns of bird extinction in remote Pacific Islands

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21 May 2015 - 12:30pm

The remote islands of the South Pacific were the last habitable region on Earth to be colonised by humans. A massive extinction event followed human colonisation, with fossil deposits revealing the loss of thousands of bird populations on islands across the Pacific. However gaps in the fossil record mean that considerable uncertainty surrounds the magnitude and pattern of these extinctions.

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