A complex, multiscalar picture of subsistence change emerges, showing variability within and across the three species and the two subsistence archives, in a comparison of two quite different subsistence archives from the postcolonization period.
Geography, Medicine Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
TLDR The geologically instantaneous prehistoric collapse of Lifuka's vertebrate community contrasts with the much longer periods of faunal depletion on some other islands, thus showing that the elapse time between human arrival and major extinction events was highly variable on oceanic islands as well as on continents.
With the description of these two species of rails, the total number of extinct species of land birds from the Fa‘ahia site stands at seven, consisting of two rails, two doves, two parrots, and a starling.
Biology, Medicine Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
TLDR Sediment cores from a lake 0.9 km from MAN-44 show clear palynological and stratigraphic signals of human presence on Mangaia, especially forest clearance of the volcanic interior, beginning at 1600 yr B.P.
The occurrence of so many extinct or extirpated species of birds at the Fa'ahia site suggests that this site represents a very early phase of human occupation on Huahine, probably no more than 500 years after the first arrival of people on this previously undisturbed island ecosystem.