Politically correct thinking is that the first human inhabitants of Australia were environmentally attuned to the land. This indigenous “care for the environment” is contrasted with the rapacious effects of European settlement.
Well, this story about extinctions in Tasmania ‘due to humans not climate’ gives evidence that the first inhabitants were not so environmentally attuned as legend has it.
One hilarious blooper is Professor Chris Turney’s reflection that “It is sad to know that our ancestors played such a major role in the extinction of these species”. “Our” ancestors, Professor?
What is sad – in fact criminal – is that the human indigenous population of Tasmania was itself wiped out – and that was indeed due to European settlers. I might fell justified in pointing out that it was not my ancestors who did this; but then I pause and reflect on the fact that there are not many indigenous people living in the Barrossa Valley these days either…
Mind you, there are plenty of folk who will not accept this new finding (that the aboriginal migration 46,000 years ago and not climate change was the cause of mass extinction). For eg. Dr Judith Field, who says in this SMH article that “the conclusion that humans wiped out the megafauna remained ‘in the realms of speculative fantasy'”.
Science, like religion, has its heretics.