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A review of the palaeo-environment of Kangaroo Island, South Australia, through the Late Pleistocene and Holocene with notes on a recent study

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Adams, S and McDowell, MC and Prideaux, G, A review of the palaeo-environment of Kangaroo Island, South Australia, through the Late Pleistocene and Holocene with notes on a recent study, Dig It, 2, (2) pp. 79-83. ISSN 2203-1898 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

Kangaroo Island, South Australia, is Australia’s third largest island and only 14 km from the mainland, however, it was uninhabited by people when Europeans arrived in the 19th century (Baudin 1800; Flinders 1814). Previous palaeontological and archaeological research on Kangaroo Island has emphasised raised levels of faunal extinctions following post glacial sea level rise and the subsequent isolation of Kangaroo Island from the Australian mainland (Hope et al. 1977). A recent study (Adams 2013) shows that although species richness drops during the early Holocene, the geographical size of Kangaroo Island is large enough to support a diverse community of Australian native mammals and did so up until the arrival of Europeans. Changes in sediment composition and faunal community tell the story of post-glacial increase in precipitation and subsequent changes in vegetation structure and faunal species abundances which may have directly influenced subsitence stategies of local hunter gatherer populations.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:environmental preferences, climate change, shifting baselines
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Palaeontology (incl. Palynology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
UTAS Author:McDowell, MC (Dr Matthew McDowell)
ID Code:136735
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2020-01-16
Last Modified:2020-01-22
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