March 22, 2012

Big Kill, Not Big Chill, Destroyed Giant Kangaroo

David Biello, Scientific American


AP Photo

Around 40,000 years ago, the giant kangaroo disappeared from Australia. So did Diprotodon (rhinoceros-size wombats) and Palorchestes (tapirlike marsupials) as well as supersize birds, reptiles and some 50 other so-called megafauna—big animals. And now a record of fungal spores pulled from the swamp at Lynch's Crater in the northeastern corner of the continent reveals humans as the culprit.

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TAGGED: Hunting, Megafauna, Kangaroo, Animals

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