Pleistocene Megafaunal Collapse, Novel Plant Communities, and Enhanced Fire Regimes in North America

  title={Pleistocene Megafaunal Collapse, Novel Plant Communities, and Enhanced Fire Regimes in North America},
  author={J. Gill and J. Williams and S. T. Jackson and K. B. Lininger and G. Robinson},
  pages={1100 - 1103}
  • J. Gill, J. Williams, +2 authors G. Robinson
  • Published 2009
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Demise of the Megafauna Approximately 10,000 years ago, the Pleistocene-Holocene deglaciation in North America produced widespread biotic and environmental change, including extinctions of megafauna, reorganization of plant communities, and increased wildfire. The causal links and sequences of these changes remain unclear. Gill et al. (p. 1100; see the Perspective by Johnson) unravel these connections in an analysis of pollen, charcoal, and the dung fungus Sporormiella from the sediments of… CONTINUE READING
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