Megafaunal decline and fall

Johnson, Christopher (2009) Megafaunal decline and fall. Science, 326. pp. 1072-1073.

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One of the most dramatic environmental changes in recent Earth history has been the disappearance of very big animals—mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, giant kangaroos, moa and hundreds of others—from most of the land area of the globe. What caused these extinctions? And how did they affect the world’s ecosystems? The first question has generated such intense debate that few scientists have got past it to confront the second. On page 1100 of this issue, Gill et al. ( 1) give answers to both questions.

Item ID: 10528
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-9203
Keywords: tropical biology; megafauna; extinction; trophic cascade; plant-animal interaction; archaeology; prehistory
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Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2010 05:01
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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