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Climate change not to blame for late Quaternary megafauna extinctions in Australia

Saltre, Frederik; Rodriguez-Rey, Marta; Brook, Barry; Johnson, Christopher N.; Turney, Chris S M; Alroy, John; Cooper, Alan; Beeton, Nicholas; Bird, Michael I; Fordham, Damien A.; Gillespie, Richard; Herrando-Perez, S.; Jacobs, Zenobia; Miller, Gifford Hubbs; Nogues-Bravo, David; Prideaux, Gavin; Roberts, Richard G.; Bradshaw, Corey J A


Late Quaternary megafauna extinctions impoverished mammalian diversity worldwide. The causes of these extinctions in Australia are most controversial but essential to resolve, because this continent-wide event presaged similar losses that occurred thousands of years later on other continents. Here we apply a rigorous metadata analysis and new ensemble-hindcasting approach to 659 Australian megafauna fossil ages. When coupled with analysis of several high-resolution climate records, we show that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Communications
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms10511
Access Rights: Open Access


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