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The timing and cause of megafauna mass deaths at Lancefield Swamp, south-eastern Australia

Dortch, Joe; Cupper, Matt; Grün, Rainer; Harpley, Bernice; Lee, Kerrie; Field, Judith


Lancefield Swamp, south-eastern Australia, was one of the earliest sites to provoke interest in Pleistocene faunal extinctions in Sahul (Pleistocene Australia-New Guinea). The systematic investigation of the deposit in the early 1970s identified megafaunal remains dominated by the 100–200 kg kangaroo Macropus giganteus titan. Associated radiocarbon ages indicated that the species was extant until c.30,000 BP, suggesting significant overlap with human settlement of Sahul. This evidence was...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Quaternary Science Reviews
DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.05.042


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