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Climate change frames debate over the extinction of megafauna in Sahul (Pleistocene Australia-New Guinea)

Wroe, Steve; Field, Judith; Archer, M.; Grayson, Donald; Louys, Julien; Price, Gilbert; Faith, Tyler; Webb, Gregory; Davidson, Iain; Mooney, S

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Around 88 large vertebrate taxa disappeared from Sahul sometime during the Pleistocene, with the majority of losses (54 taxa) clearly taking place within the last 400,000 years. The largest was the 2.8-ton browsing Diprotodon optatum, whereas the ?100- to 130-kg marsupial lion, Thylacoleo carnifex, the world's most specialized mammalian carnivore, and Varanus priscus, the largest lizard known, were formidable predators. Explanations for these extinctions have centered on climatic change or...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/32689
Source: Perspectives
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1302698110

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