Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Sixth Extinction

Humans may very well be one of the species that are lost as the 6th mass extinction progresses. - Gail Tverberg
People were a pest and a plague for the world since our very first appearance. Now we're about to become a victim of our own disease. We know nothing but destroying the earth and each other.

What is the Sixth Extinction?
We can divide the Sixth Extinction into two discrete phases:

Phase One began when the first modern humans began to disperse to different parts of the world about 100,000 years ago.

Phase Two began about 10,000 years ago when humans turned to agriculture.

Humans began disrupting the environment as soon as they appeared on Earth.

The first phase began shortly after Homo sapiens evolved in Africa and the anatomically modern humans began migrating out of Africa and spreading throughout the world. Humans reached the middle east 90,000 years ago. They were in Europe starting around 40,000 years ago. Neanderthals, who had long lived in Europe, survived our arrival for less than 10,000 years, but then abruptly disappeared — victims, according to many paleoanthropologists, of our arrival through outright warfare or the more subtle, though potentially no less devastating effects, of being on the losing side of ecological competition.
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