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Pleistocene Extinction of Genyornis newtoni: Human Impact on Australian Megafauna

Miller, Gifford Hubbs; Magee, John; Johnson, Beverley J.; Fogel, Marilyn L; Spooner, Nigel; McCulloch, Malcolm; Ayliffe, Linda

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More than 85 percent of Australian terrestrial genera with a body mass exceeding 44 kilograms became extinct in the Late Pleistocene. Although most were marsupials, the list includes the large, flightless mihirung Genyornis newtoni. More than 700 dates on Genyornis eggshells from three different climate regions document the continuous presence of Genyornis from more than 100,000 years ago until their sudden disappearance 50,000 years ago, about the same time that humans arrived in Australia....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/98852
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5399.205

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