The Aftermath of Megafaunal Extinction: Ecosystem Transformation in Pleistocene Australia

  title={The Aftermath of Megafaunal Extinction: Ecosystem Transformation in Pleistocene Australia},
  author={S. Rule and B. Brook and S. Haberle and C. Turney and A. P. Kershaw and C. Johnson},
  pages={1483 - 1486}
  • S. Rule, B. Brook, +3 authors C. Johnson
  • Published 2012
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Human Impact? Following the arrival of humans in Australia 40- to 50,000 years ago, many species of large vertebrates rapidly became extinct. By analyzing sediment cores from a site in northeastern Australia, Rule et al. (p. 1483; see the Perspective by McGlone) show that the extinction of the Australian megafauna caused important ecosystem shifts. Prominent among these were a shift from rainforest vegetation to sclerophyllous vegetation and a sustained increase in the incidence of fire. The… CONTINUE READING
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