New study finds no evidence for theory that humans wiped out Australian megafauna
Most species of gigantic animals that once roamed Australia had disappeared by the time people arrived, a major review of the available evidence has concluded.
The research challenges the claim that humans were primarily responsible for the demise of the megafauna in a proposed “extinction window” between 40,000 and 50,000 years ago, and points the finger instead at climate change.An international team led by the University of New South Wales, and including researchers at the University of Queensland, the University of New England, and the University of Washington, carried out the study. It is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
(read more: PhysOrg)
(image: This is a reconstruction of an extinct marsupial lion — Thylacoleo carnifex. Artwork: Peter Schouten)
More information: Climate change frames debate over the extinction of megafauna in Sahul (Pleistocene Australia-New Guinea) www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1302698110

New study finds no evidence for theory that humans wiped out Australian megafauna

Most species of gigantic animals that once roamed Australia had disappeared by the time people arrived, a major review of the available evidence has concluded.

The research challenges the claim that humans were primarily responsible for the demise of the megafauna in a proposed “extinction window” between 40,000 and 50,000 years ago, and points the finger instead at climate change.An international team led by the University of New South Wales, and including researchers at the University of Queensland, the University of New England, and the University of Washington, carried out the study. It is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…

(read more: PhysOrg)

(image: This is a reconstruction of an extinct marsupial lionThylacoleo carnifex. Artwork: Peter Schouten)

More information: Climate change frames debate over the extinction of megafauna in Sahul (Pleistocene Australia-New Guinea) www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1302698110

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