Would the Australian megafauna have become extinct if humans had never colonised the continent?
Brook, Barry William; Bowman, David, M.J.S.; Burney, David A.; Flannery, Timothy; Gagan, Michael; Gillespie, Richard; Johnson, Christopher; Kershaw, Peter; Magee, John; Martin, Paul S; Miller, Gifford Hubbs; Peiser, Benny; Roberts, Richard
A critical comment on 'A review of the evidence for a human role in the extinction of Australian megafauna and an alternative explanation' by S. Wroe and J. Field is presented. The authors have highlighted a range of ideas under consideration, and provided a selective interpretation which does not come to terms with biology and ignores or misinterprets current evidence. They rely heavily on the ages reported by Roberts et al. (2001) to argue for a gradual attenuation of the megafauna. They...[Show more]
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