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Title: Reply to Brook et al: No empirical evidence for human overkill of megafauna in Sahul
Contributor(s): Wroe, Stephen (author); Field, Judith (author); Archer, Michael (author); Grayson, Donald (author); Price, Gilbert (author); Louys, Julien (author); Faith, J Tyler (author); Webb, Gregory E (author); Davidson, Iain (author)orcid ; Mooney, Scott D (author)
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1310440110
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Abstract: We welcome comments by Brook et al. (1), supporters of human-driven models, on our review of the role of climate in Pleistocene faunal extinctions in Sahul (Pleistocene Australia-New Guinea) (2). In response, we begin on a point of agreement: the fossil fauna record on which our respective arguments are based is sparse, although our understanding of Pleistocene environmental conditions is improving (3-5). However, we also flag a basic point of difference. Unlike Brook et al., who focus on the ~50 extinct Australian species (an artificial distinction because Australia was part of the larger landmass Sahul) and the 50 ka since human arrival, we consider the bigger picture, and the 88 large taxa that disappeared from Sahul from ~450 ka.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, v.110 (36), p. E3369
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1091-6490
Field of Research (FOR): 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: C4 Letter of Note
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