Palaeontology: The last giant kangaroo

  title={Palaeontology: The last giant kangaroo},
  author={Jared M. Diamond},
  • J. Diamond
  • Published 14 August 2008
  • Political Science
  • Nature
Humans who colonized Australia did not reach Tasmania until thousands of years later — granting the island's giant kangaroos a brief respite before they joined their Australian brethren in oblivion. 

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  • C. Haynes
  • Environmental Science, Geography
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2008
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