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Paleobiologist Rebecca Terry, who graduated from Northwest School in ’97, was interviewed recently by Christopher Joyce of National Public Radio to comment on a new study showing ancient humans most likely hunted big mammals to extinction.

The new study, by paleobiologist Felisa Smith of the University of New Mexico, shows that when humans first migrated around in the world, the rate of extinction of big mammals increased. Rebecca, who currently teaches paleobiology, ecology, and biogeography at Oregon State University, explains in the NPR piece that the advent of weapons and technology as humans spread into the New World rapidly increased the rate of large mammal extinction.

Click here to read and listen to the segment that aired on NPR's All Things Considered.