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Corridors to Extinction and the Australian Megafauna

By Steve Webb

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Format: Hardcover, 328 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 March 2013
Extinctions have always occurred and always will, so what is so surprising about the megafauna extinctions? They were caused by humans and were the first of many extinctions that eventually led to the extinction of the Moa, Steller's Sea Cow, the Dodo, Great Auk and countless other species great and small, all attributed to human agency. Therefore, the megafauna were humans' first great impact on the planet. There is now an increasing realization that the 'blitzkrieg' view of these extinctions may have been wrong. A growing body of evidence and long-term field work is beginning to show that at least Australia's megafauna did not succumb to human agency, not because humans probably did not hunt the odd animal but because the an infinitely more logical reason lies in the climatic conditions of the Quaternary Ice Ages and the affect they had on continental geography, environment, climate and, most importantly, the biogeography of the megafauna. This book presents the evidence of this theory, demonstrating the biogeographic approach to Australia's megafauna extinction.

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This book examines megafauna extinctions by taking a biogeographic approach to assessing the status of animals undergoing vast continental environmental changes.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Extinction Chapter 2. Extinction Drivers Chapter 3. After the Dinosaurs Chapter 4. Dreamtime to Desert Chapter 5. The Australian Tertiary and the first marsupial extinctions Chapter 6. Australia and the Ice Ages Chapter 7. Who and Where: the Australian Megafauna and their distribution Chapter 8. Australia's Megafauna Extinction Drivers Chapter 9. Megafauna in the Southern Lake Eyre Basin: a case study Chapter 10. Megafauna and Humans in Australia and Southeast Asia


"Focusing primarily on the Quaternary Ice Ages, the climate extremes brought about by them, and the environmental consequences that Australia underwent during the Quaternary, Webb explores the extinction of large animals in Australia and ponders what lessons can be learned about the extinction of humans in the near or distant future."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013

EAN: 9780124077904
ISBN: 0124077900
Publisher: Elsevier
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 1.91 centimetres (0.61 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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