Palaeontology: The last giant kangaroo

  title={Palaeontology: The last giant kangaroo},
  author={Jared M. Diamond},
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. 
Overdone overkill – the archaeological perspective on Tasmanian megafaunal extinctions
Abstract The reasons for megafaunal extinction in Australia have been hotly debated for over 30 years without any clear resolution. The proposed causes include human overkill, climate, anthropogenicExpand
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Late Pleistocene landscape of northern Eurasia The Quaternary period saw the extinctions of numerous predominantly larger, especially megafaunal, species, many of which occurred during the transitionExpand


Ecosystem Collapse in Pleistocene Australia and a Human Role in Megafaunal Extinction
A 140,000-year record of dietary δ13C documents a permanent reduction in food sources available to the Australian emu, beginning about the time of human colonization; a change replicated at three widely separated sites and in the marsupial wombat. Expand
Late-surviving megafauna in Tasmania, Australia, implicate human involvement in their extinction
Results are consistent with a model of human-induced extinction for the Tasmanian megafauna, most probably driven by hunting, and they reaffirm the value of islands adjacent to continental landmasses as tests of competing hypotheses for late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions. Expand
Younger Dryas “black mats” and the Rancholabrean termination in North America
  • C. Haynes
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2008
Of the 97 geoarchaeological sites of this study that bridge the Pleistocene-Holocene transition (last deglaciation), approximately two thirds have a black organic-rich layer or “black mat” in theExpand
ARCHAEOLOGICAL RECORDS | Global Expansion 300,000-8000 years ago, Australia
Australian and Pacific archeological research has focused on questions of human origins, behavioral and technological variability, population distribution, the extent of human and climatic impacts onExpand
Encyclopedia of quaternary science
Entries cover a range of topice in at least 17 major sections: * Dating Quaternary Events * Fluvial and Deltaic Environments * Glacial Landforms * History of Quaternary Glaciations * Humans in theExpand
A review of the evidence for a human role in the extinction of Australian megafauna and an alternative interpretation
Abstract Arguments that megafaunal extinctions in Australia were anthropogenically mediated have focused on establishing terminal appearance ages. This approach has been underpinned by threeExpand
Quaternary extinctions : a prehistoric revolution
What caused the extinction of so many animals at or near the end of the Pleistocene? Was it overkill by human hunters, the result of a major climatic change or was it just a part of some massiveExpand
Using the Paleorecord to Evaluate Climate and Fire Interactions in Australia
AbstractBurning has been a near-continuous feature of the Australian environment but has become progressively more important since the mid-Tertiary, associated with the development of theExpand