February 7, 2013

Clovis Zombie Apocalypse?

Filed under: Extinctions — acagle @ 1:08 pm

Prehistoric humans not wiped out by comet, say researchers

Comet explosions did not end the prehistoric human culture, known as Clovis, in North America 13,000 years ago, according to research published in the journal Geophysical Monograph Series.

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“The theory has reached zombie status,” said Professor Andrew Scott from the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway. “Whenever we are able to show flaws and think it is dead, it reappears with new, equally unsatisfactory, arguments.

I don’t think it was ever all that credible, and didn’t get the traction that, say, the blitzkrieg model of Pleistocene extinctions, which some have argued went through similar changes over time to continually account for new findings (lending it something of an air of un-falsifiability). Will try to find more detailed articles on it.


  1. So what did? Fashions change, and all that. But, still. Did the actual people doing Clovisism disappear, or did the tool tradition change?

    Comment by Richard Aubrey — February 10, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

  2. If I knew that. . . . .

    I think most would probably argue that the specific diagnostics (the big fluted points) just stopped being produced as the big game megafauna disappeared and the Clovis “people” switched their subsistence strategy, or at least placed less emphasis on hunting large game. Fluted points don’t entirely disappear, but they become smaller and eventually give way to smaller points.

    Comment by acagle — February 11, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

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