24 Mar '12, 12pm

Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News: Man, not climate change, linked to extinctions in Australia

Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News: Man, not climate change, linked to extinctions in Australia

RELATED ARTICLES Researchers Theorize on Animal Extinction July 8, 2005 12:00 AM Early Settlers Made Australian Desert, Study Finds January 26, 2005 12:00 AM Settlers Eyed in Australia Extinctions December 26, 2006 12:00 AM Helping Unravel Causes of Ice Age Extinctions November 4, 2011 02:28 PM /wildlife/article/44175 The disappearance roughly 40,000 years ago of dozens of large mammals in Australia — including rhinoceros-sized wombats and tapir-like marsupials — was caused by human hunting and not by climate change, according to a new study by Australian scientists. Researchers at the University of Tasmania reached that conclusion after analyzing two mud core samples dating back as far as 130,000 years. By examining the cores for the Sporomiella fungus — which only releases its spores when in the dung of plant-eating animals — the scientists concluded that megafauna survi...

Full article: http://www.enn.com/wildlife/article/44175

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