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Some tools were so beautifully made that they were traded as ritual objects over hundreds of miles. New techniques meant new ways of extracting resources. In the state of Victoria people built elaborate eel traps, some with canals up to 300 meters long. At certain points people constructed nets or tapered traps, using bark strips or plaited rushes, to harvest the trapped eels. So many eels could be kept in these “eel farms” that relatively permanent settlements appeared nearby. One site contains almost 150 small huts built of stone.

Human Impacts on the Environment The technological creativity that made these migrations possible ensured that, although foragers normally had a limited impact on their environ-­ ments, their impact was increasing. The extinction of many large animal species (megafauna) and the spread of what is known as ­“fire-­stick farming” provide two spectacular illustrations of the increasing human impact on the environment, although controversy still surrounds both topics. Megafaunal Extinctions Within the last fifty thousand years many species of large animals have been driven to extinction, particularly in regions newly colonized by humans, whether in Australia, Siberia, or the Americas.

Never-­ theless, change was extremely rapid in comparison with the changes that 14 This Fleeting World Thought Experiment Look around the classroom. Consider that if you had lived in the era of foragers, you wouldn’t have had to go to school, you would never have been inside a square-shaped room, and you’d probably all be outside searching for nuts, berries or deer. Well, maybe not all of you. At least half would no longer be alive, because about 50 per-­ cent of children died by the age of ten.

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