Timing and dynamics of Late Pleistocene mammal extinctions in southwestern Australia

  title={Timing and dynamics of Late Pleistocene mammal extinctions in southwestern Australia},
  author={Gavin J. Prideaux and Grant A. Gully and Aidan M. C. Couzens and Linda K. Ayliffe and N. R. Jankowski and Zenobia Jacobs and Richard G. Roberts and John C. Hellstrom and Michael K. Gagan and Lindsay M Hatcher},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={22157 - 22162}
  • G. PrideauxG. Gully L. Hatcher
  • Published 2 December 2010
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Explaining the Late Pleistocene demise of many of the world's larger terrestrial vertebrates is arguably the most enduring and debated topic in Quaternary science. Australia lost >90% of its larger species by around 40 thousand years (ka) ago, but the relative importance of human impacts and increased aridity remains unclear. Resolving the debate has been hampered by a lack of sites spanning the last glacial cycle. Here we report on an exceptional faunal succession from Tight Entrance Cave… 

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