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dc.contributor.authorPrice, Gilbert J
dc.contributor.authorLouys, Julien
dc.contributor.authorFaith, J Tyler
dc.contributor.authorLorenzen, Eline
dc.contributor.authorWestaway, Michael C
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-05T12:33:04Z
dc.date.available2019-07-05T12:33:04Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn0028-0836
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/d41586-018-05330-7
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/381350
dc.description.abstractIn March, the last male northern white rhinoceros died. The sub-species joins a long list of large land animals that have gone extinct over the past 100,000 years. The reason for the demise of the northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) is undisputed: poaching and land disturbance by people. By contrast, who or what caused the extinctions of mammoths, enormous ground sloths and other Quaternary megafauna remains one of the most contested topics in the historical sciences. Was the culprit early humans who dispersed from Africa more than 75,000 years ago? Or was it climate change? The latest way to try to settle the debate involves meta-analyses. These attempt to link the timing of extinctions to shifts in the climate, or to evidence of the first appearance of humans in a particular region. Over the past five years, the number of meta-analyses has greatly increased (see ‘In fashion’). Many have been published in high-impact journals, and they are starting to shape the debate.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherNature Publishing
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom23
dc.relation.ispartofpageto25
dc.relation.ispartofjournalNature
dc.relation.ispartofvolume558
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode059999
dc.titleBig data little help in megafauna mysteries
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
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gro.griffith.authorWestaway, Michael
gro.griffith.authorLouys, Julien


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