That Clovis Overkill Hypothesis

Our authors show that Martin’s assertions are based on insufficient amounts of data. The acceptance of the overkill hypothesis, for instance, stems from a few sites where Clovis points were found with evidence of some big game hunting. Rather than regard these as specific instances, a unreasonable generalization was made that Clovis groups were expert big game hunters, legitimizing the overkill hypothesis. Another weakness in Martin’s argument is that the only extinct animals that we know were hunted by Clovis peoples were the mastodon and the mammoth, with only 14 sites representing this behavior. Dating data shows that, of the 35 extinct genera discussed, only 15 were around at the same time as Clovis peoples. Grayson and Meltzer point out several other aspects of Martin’s argument where he relies on insufficient data. While I largely agree with their argument, I do wish our authors had more data to counter Martin. This may have simply not been available.

The overkill hypothesis concludes that the Clovis …

the so-called Pleistocene overkill hypothesis – is still ..
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The North American overkill hypothesis, famously espoused by Paul Martin, claims that human hunters were responsible for the extinctions of large mammalian species in Pleistocene North America. Grayson and Meltzer, in this article, claim that Martin’s argument is not backed by sufficient evidence.

NOVA - Official Website | End of the Big Beasts

The search excluded areas above the North American ice sheet and sites that were pre- and post-Clovis because it is the Clovis people who have been targeted by proponents of the so-called "overkill" hypothesis. This search turned up 75 locations in the United States and one in Canada that Grayson and Meltzer evaluated.

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The search excluded areas above the North American ice sheet and sites that were pre- and post-Clovis because it is the Clovis people who have been targeted by proponents of the so-called "overkill" hypothesis. This search turned up 75 locations in the United States and one in Canada that Grayson and Meltzer evaluated.

An interview with Paul S. Martin » American Scientist

His “Red Earth, White Lies” is a scholarly and polemical rebuttal of the “overkill” hypothesis:Clovis-point locations by the common agreement of scholars date to around 12,000 years ago.

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It behooves us to understand what happened last time, if we wish to survive this time.As mentioned above, the Overkill hypothesis fits neatly with the Ice Free Corridor and Clovis First.