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Using dung fungi to interpret decline and extinction of megaherbivores: problems and solutions

Johnson, Chris N.; Rule, Susan; Haberle, Simon; Turney, Chris S.M.; Kershaw, A. Peter; Brook, Barry W.


Fungi which produce their spores on the dung of large herbivores show promise as indicators of the distribution and relative abundance of large herbivores in past environments. Recently, several studies have used counts of spores of such fungi, Sporormiella in particular, to resolve the timing and reveal the ecological consequences of extinction of Pleistocene megafauna. However, there are several problems in the interpretation of the dung-fungus proxy, relating mostly to taphonomic effects...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Quaternary Science Reviews
DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.12.011


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