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Extinction implications of a chenopod browse diet for a giant Pleistocene kangaroo

Prideaux, Gavin; Ayliffe, Linda; DeSantis, Larisa R.G.; Schubert, Blaine W.; Murray, Peter F.; Gagan, Michael; Cerling, Thure

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Kangaroos are the world's most diverse group of herbivorous marsupials. Following late-Miocene intensification of aridity and seasonality, they radiated across Australia, becoming the continent's ecological equivalents of the artiodactyl ungulates elsewhere. Their diversity peaked during the Pleistocene, but by approximately 45,000 years ago, 90% of larger kangaroos were extinct, along with a range of other giant species. Resolving whether climate change or human arrival was the principal...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/50455
Source: PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0900956106

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