Archaeological data now show that relatively intense human adaptations to coastal environments developed much earlier than once believed than 125,000 years ago With our oceans and marine fisheries currently in a state of crisis, coastal archaeological sites contain a wealth of data that can shed light on the history of human exploitation of marine ecosystems In eleven case studies from the Americas, Pacific Islands, North Sea, Caribbean, Europe, and Africa, leading researchers working in coastal areas around the world cover diverse marine ecosystems, reaching into deep history to discover how humans interacted with and impacted these aquatic environments and shedding new light on our understanding of contemporary environmental problems....
|Title||:||Human Impacts on Ancient Marine Ecosystems: A Global Perspective|
|Publisher||:||University of California Press First edition April 29, 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
|File Size||:||893 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Human Impacts on Ancient Marine Ecosystems: A Global Perspective Reviews
This is a very important book, and I am surprised to see no one has reviewed it yet. It is a collection of major archaeological studies that assess the impact of humans on fish, shellfish, seabirds and sea mammals in prehistoric and early historic times. Studies cover several key areas, including New Zealand, the Caribbean islands, the California coast, western Europe, and several other areas. The main important conclusion is that people locally drew down levels of resources, especially vulnerable ones like large shellfish and slow sea mammals, but almost never extirpated a resource, and usually seem to have managed well. A few exceptions are interesting: early Norse settlers wiped out Iceland's walrus very quickly, Native American fishing depleted New England cod near shore, vulnerable seabirds were exterminated from several small islands. But, on the whole, people were good but not perfect managers.
Very interesting and diverse reading. A must for those who are interested in California coastal archaeology or human impacts (prehistoric or modern).