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Overdone overkill - the archaeological perspective on Tasmanian megafaunal extinctions

Cosgrove, Richard; Field, Judith; Garvey, Jillian; Brenner-Coltrain, Joan; Goede, Albert; Charles, Bethan; Wroe, Steve; Pike-Tay, Anne; Grun, Rainer; Aubert, Maxime; Lees, Wendy; O'Connell, James


The reasons for megafaunal extinction in Australia have been hotly debated for over 30 years without any clear resolution. The proposed causes include human overkill, climate, anthropogenic induced habitat change or a combination of these. Most protagonists of the human overkill model suggest the impact was so swift, occurring within a few thousand years of human occupation of the continent, that archaeological evidence should be rare or non-existent. In Tasmania the presence of extinct...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2010.05.009


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