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New research into the extinction of the Australian fauna between 50,000 and 45,000 years ago makes sense in light of Genesis 3:17-20. This passage teaches that the earth is cursed because of humanity’s sin. It seems self-evident that human behavior has caused widespread ecological disaster. This study describes another historical example. Researchers conclude that when the first humans occupied Australia, they caused wide-scale extinctions of animals. These humans apparently fired the landscape, which converted trees, shrubs, and grasslands into desert scrub. This rapid and destructive transformation of the landscape drove many animal species to extinction. While such behavior provided no evolutionary advantage, the Bible provides a powerful explanatory framework that accounts for humanity’s impact on planet Earth.
- Gifford H. Miller et al., “Ecosystem Collapse in Pleistocene Australia and a Human Role in Megafaunal Extinction,” Science 309 (2005): 287-90.