You asked: How did megafauna survive in Africa?

Africa’s megafauna evolved alongside hominins, and were able to adapt to their presence as humans evolved and grew more ferocious. As a result, they’re much more resilient than animals elsewhere when it come to coping with human hunting and disturbance.

Why do we still have megafauna in Africa but the megafauna in North America is largely extinct?

As mentioned above, the majority of scientists agree that the megafauna extinction in North America was largely caused by both human-impacts and climate change since they occurred during the same 5000 year period. … Humans directly impacted the mammoth and horse by overhunting the species.

Why did large mammals survive in Africa?

The most direct answer regarding the survival of large animals in Africa is that its vast forested areas gave them ample areas to hide from man (until recent centuries).

Why does Africa have more megafauna?

As climates fluctuated with the advance and retreat of the ice sheets through the series of ice ages, there was more room in Africa for populations of animals and plants to drift north or south with warming and cooling of their ranges. So megafauna were not driven right off a range in which they could survive.

What animals are extinct because of hunting?

10 Animals Hunted (or Nearly Hunted) To Extinction

  • Woolly Mammoths. The last of the Great Woolly Mammoth populations vanished near the end of the last Ice Age over 4,000 years ago. …
  • Caspian Tigers. …
  • Thylacines (Tasmanian Tigers) …
  • Dodos. …
  • Passenger Pigeons. …
  • Polar Bears. …
  • Muskox. …
  • American Crocodiles.
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Why does Africa have so many dangerous animals?

The most likely explanation is that human ancestors evolved over millions of years in Africa together with these large animals. Therefore these animals had the time to adapt to human hunting strategies, e.g. by developing a natural fear for anything looking like a hunter.

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