Humans are good at killing things. Humans arrived on the islands, and wiped out thousands of different species.
Humans first arrived on the Pacific Ocean islands about 3,500 years ago, settling in locations such as Fiji and the Marianas. About 700 years ago, they spread out fully to the more remote islands, such as Hawai’i and Rapa Nui. The flightless birds that made their homes on these islands didn’t stand a chance against hunting and habitat loss.
After performing calculations for a total of 41 Pacific Islands, a staggering two-thirds of nonpasserine landbird populations on the islands died off after the arrival of people. In other words, 983 species of birds became extinct–not including seabird and passerine bird extinctions.
“If we take into account all the other islands in the tropical Pacific, as well as seabirds and songbirds, the total extinction toll is likely to have been around 1,300 species,” said Tim Blackburn, one of the researchers, in an interview with RedOrbit.
The study shows how much of an impact people can have on species, and reveals that massive rate of extinction that can occur if precautions aren’t taken.
We are a killer species. Thousands of species have been died out because of us. There is no cruel and brutal animal like humans! We kill anything that moves! We killed off Neanderthals. We would have wiped out dinosaurs if they were around. Humans kill humans everyday, everywhere. We will continue killing until our own extinction. We are a killer species!