Impacts of Hunting in Forests

Authored by: Rhett D. Harrison

Routledge Handbook of Forest Ecology

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415735452
eBook ISBN: 9781315818290
Adobe ISBN: 9781317816447


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Humans have hunted forest animals since the hominid lineage first appeared in Africa approximately 6 million years ago (Cartmill 1993; Stanford 1999). Seeing the coordinated movement of chimpanzees hunting colobus monkeys, their excitement as they approach the kill, and the subsequent sharing of the meat – one cannot help but recognize parallels in humans. As large predators, early hominid populations presumably had an impact on the populations of other animals. Nonetheless, these were probably of much the same order as those of chimpanzees in the forests of Africa today. However, as human technology improved and populations increased, humans moved into the realm of a “super predator.” Although not all in forests, the late Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions, which occurred across the globe, have been attributed to the arrival of new human populations and the development of improved hunting technology (Sandom et al. 2014). This process has continued into the modern era (Dirzo et al. 2014).

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