Understanding Evolution

A Pleistocene Puzzle: Extinction in South America

By the Understanding Evolution Team

In this comic, you'll follow the investigation of scientists Maria and Miguel as they solve a paleontological mystery. About 11,000 years ago, more than 80% of the large animal species in South America went extinct. Why did it happen? Maria and Miguel study an area in Chile called Ultima Esperanza. They discover many different lines of evidence that point to a warming climate and the arrival of humans as key causes of the extinctions. Today, life on earth also faces global warming and an increasing human population. If action isn't taken, we may be witnessing the beginning of a modern mass extinction! Access the comic in the following ways:

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