- 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
Students, researchers, and professionals interested in extinction study and environmental science.
Table of Contents
A Prologue to Extinction
List of Figures & Tables
1. The Big Five or Six or More …
What Has Extinction Ever Done for Us?
The Big Five, Six, etc.
Why Do Animals Go Extinct?
Well, What Did Extinction Do for Us?
2. Extinction Drivers
Main Extinction Drivers
Biogeographic Extinction Drivers
3. After the Dinosaurs
Animals of the Palaeogene World
Eocene–Oligocene Boundary: the End of an ‘Era’
The Neogene Extinctions
Miocene Environmental Switching and Extinction
Where to Now?
4. Australia: From Dreamtime to Desert
Australia: A Palaeohistoric Glimpse
An Introduction to Ice Ages and Deserts
5. The Australian Tertiary and the First Marsupial Extinctions
Marsupials Go to Australia
Australia’s Earliest Mammals
Australia’s Faunal Dark Ages: 55–25Ma
They Are Still There!
But What About the Others?
The Origin of the Megafauna
Setting the Stage for the Quaternary
6. Australia and the Quaternary Ice Ages
Drilling for the Foundations
Ice-Core Data, Glacial Cycle Structure and Climate Switches
A Devil in the Detail: Elements of Glacial–Interglacial Cycling
7. Who and Where: Australian Megafauna and Their Distribution
Australian Megafauna: How Many Species?
Australian Megafauna: Where Did They Live?
Megafauna Demography: Patches, Corridors and Feeders
Palaeopatches and Corridors in Action
Megafauna Demography and Continental Shelves
8. Megafauna in the Southern Lake Eyre Basin: A Case Study
The SLEB Megafauna
MegaLake Eyre Palaeoaquatic Ecology
Animal Palaeodemography in the SLEB
Trophic Growth, Faunal Colonisation and Collapse
9. Australia’s Megafauna Extinction Drivers
Introducing the Drivers
Australian Enviroclimatic Change During Glacial Cycles
Australia’s Glacial Biogeography and Extinction Drivers
Modern Australian Extinctions
10. Megafauna and Humans in Southeast Asia and Australia
A Wish in a Cave
Megafauna Extinctions in Southeast Asia
Because We Cause Extinction Now, We Did So in the Past….
Fire, Humans and Megafauna
Megafauna Extinction: Summarising Considerations
What Happened to Australia’s Megafauna? A Conclusion
The Last Word… for Now
Forty Considerations About Why Australia’s Megafauna Went Extinct
Appendix 1. Australian Tertiary Fauna
Appendix 2. Ice Age Graphs
Appendix 3. Australian Mid-Late Quaternary Megafauna Sites
- No. of pages: 328
- Language: English
- Copyright: © Elsevier 2013
- Published: February 27, 2013
- Imprint: Elsevier
- Hardcover ISBN: 9780124077904
- eBook ISBN: 9780124078406
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