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Short overlap of humans and megafauna in Pleistocene Australia


Gillespie, R and Brook, BW and Baynes, A, Short overlap of humans and megafauna in Pleistocene Australia, Alcheringa, 30, (Special 1) pp. 163-186. ISSN 0311-5518 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/03115510609506861


Reappraisal of the reliability of numerical dating results for Australian extinct megafauna and archaeology reveals that many still-quoted ages are incorrect and should be eliminated from databases and discussions. We estimate that the megafauna-human overlap period on mainland Australia was about 3900 years (95% confidence interval 3158 to 4642 years) centred -44,000 calendar years ago. Our results rule out climatic and environmental changes associated with the Last Glacial Maximum as contributing factors in Australian late Pleistocene megafauna extinctions, whereas the short overlap suggests instead that anthropogenic factors are likely to be dominant.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, megafauna, extinction, dating, archaeology
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Palaeoecology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Brook, BW (Professor Barry Brook)
ID Code:116337
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Biological Sciences
Deposited On:2017-05-05
Last Modified:2017-08-11

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