Corridors to Extinction and the Australian Megafauna

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. Written clearly to benefit a diverse level of readers, from those with a passing interest to professionals in the field. Examines future climate change and its effects on the planet by looking at examples buried in the past Presents new evidence from extensive field research

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  • Author : Steve Webb
  • Publisher : Newnes
  • Pages : 328 pages
  • ISBN : 0124078400
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Corridors to Extinction and the Australian Megafauna

Corridors to Extinction and the Australian Megafauna
  • Author : Steve Webb
  • Publisher : Newnes
  • Release : 27 February 2013
GET THIS BOOKCorridors to Extinction and the Australian Megafauna

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

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  • Publisher : ANU Press
  • Release : 30 November 2017
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  • Publisher : CSIRO PUBLISHING
  • Release : 25 May 2022
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  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release : 16 December 2020
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  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 01 February 2021
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  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release : 27 September 2016
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  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release : 07 May 2018
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  • Author : Gary Haynes
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 23 December 2008
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  • Author : James L. Kohen
  • Publisher : UNSW Press
  • Release : 25 May 1995
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  • Release : 29 January 2021
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  • Author : Steven Mithen
  • Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • Release : 08 December 2011
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  • Author : Patrick Vinton Kirch
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release : 14 November 2017
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  • Author : Barry Robert Wilson
  • Publisher : Elsevier Science Limited
  • Release : 25 May 2022
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 25 July 2019
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