Megafaunal isotopes reveal role of increased moisture on rangeland during late Pleistocene extinctions

@article{RabanusWallace2017MegafaunalIR,
  title={Megafaunal isotopes reveal role of increased moisture on rangeland during late Pleistocene extinctions},
  author={M. T. Rabanus-Wallace and M. Wooller and Grant Zazula and Elen Shute and A. Jahren and P. Kosintsev and J. Burns and James Breen and B. Llamas and A. Cooper},
  journal={Nature Ecology &Evolution},
  year={2017},
  volume={1}
}
  • M. T. Rabanus-Wallace, M. Wooller, +7 authors A. Cooper
  • Published 2017
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Nature Ecology &Evolution
  • The role of environmental change in the late Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions remains a key question, owing in part to uncertainty about landscape changes at continental scales. We investigated the influence of environmental changes on megaherbivores using bone collagen nitrogen isotopes (n = 684, 63 new) as a proxy for moisture levels in the rangelands that sustained late Pleistocene grazers. An increase in landscape moisture in Europe, Siberia and the Americas during the Last Glacial… CONTINUE READING
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