[CT Birds] Madagascar's "Elephant Bird" extinction.

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Fri Feb 7 22:24:19 EST 2014

Of historical evidence.  (Patrick & Keith, don't look for this among your gulls!)


What Killed Off the Giant “Elephant Bird” of Madagascar?

Kristina Guild Douglass (Anthropology) is an archaeologist studying the interaction of humans and the environment in a remote   Madagascar, with a focus on how certain animals — notably the 10-foot-tall, 800-pound “elephant bird” — became extinct. “Madagascar is a fascinating example of an island that was colonized relatively late in human history,” she says. “With its high levels of endemic plants and animals and incredible biodiversity, it provides important case studies for human impacts on different kinds of ecologies.” She is also working on a project to expand eco-tourism and science education in the impoverished region.   

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