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Did pygmy hippos make a good meal?

Did pygmy hippos make a good meal?

Archaeologists have traditionally thought that humans first occupied the Mediterranean island of Cyprus about 9,000 years ago, long after the postulated disappearance of the pygmy hippopotamus, an animal the size of a small pig that once roamed Cyprus and other islands. But signs that the animals were victims of foul play are now appearing. Through radiocarbon dating of rock flakes apparently made by humans, Alan H. Simmons of the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada, has pushed the human presence on Cyprus back before 10,000 years ago, he reports in the June 9 NATURE. Moreover, the flake site contained contemporaneous bones from pygmy hippos. Because of a disproportionate number of skull pieces, Simmons suggests the site was a refuse pile and humans had something to do with the Cyprus hippo extinction.
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Title Annotation:research on extinction of pygmy hippos
Publication:Science News
Date:Jul 9, 1988
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