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New 14C Ages on Cellulose from Diprotodon gut contents: Explorations in Oxidisation Chemistry and Combustion

Gillespie, Richard; Fifield, L Keith; Levchenko, Vladimir Alexander; Wells, Roderick


We report radiocarbon ages on cellulose isolated from the gut contents of a Diprotodon found at Lake Callabonna, South Australia. The maximum age obtained corresponds to a minimum age of >53,400 BP for this extinct giant marsupial. This is older than, and hence consistent with, the generally accepted Australian megafauna extinction window. We argue that dichromate and other strong oxidants are less selective than chlorite for lignin destruction in wood, and our results suggest that ages...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Radiocarbon


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