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A Paleoeconomic Theory of Co-Evolution and Extinction of Domesticable Animals

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  • Richard D. Horan
  • Jason F. Shogren
  • Erwin Bulte

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One Pleistocene mystery is why early North Americans eradicated their large, potentially domesticable animals (e.g., horses), whereas early Europeans did not. A commonly-held hypothesis is that European species were evasive due to co-evolution with hominids, whereas North American animals were naÔve and unable to adapt quickly enough when experienced human hunters arrived from Eurasia. We explore this hypothesis with a paleoeconomic model of co-evolution that integrates human hunting investments and wildlife population responses. We find that investments in hunting ability, based on the relative scarcity of prey species, could have mattered more than wildlife 'naivety' in explaining the extinction. Copyright (c) Scottish Economic Society 2003,.

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  • Richard D. Horan & Jason F. Shogren & Erwin Bulte, 2003. "A Paleoeconomic Theory of Co-Evolution and Extinction of Domesticable Animals," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 50(2), pages 131-148, May.
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