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

  title={Extinction implications of a chenopod browse diet for a giant Pleistocene kangaroo},
  author={Gavin J. Prideaux and Linda K. Ayliffe and Larisa R.G. Desantis and Blaine W. Schubert and Peter F. Murray and Michael K. Gagan and Thure E. Cerling},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={11646 - 11650}
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… 

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