Late Quaternary Extinctions in Australasia

An Overview
  • T. F. Flannery
  • R. G. Roberts
Part of the Advances in Vertebrate Paleobiology book series (AIVP, volume 2)


The purpose of this chapter is to document some of the data and thinking that have arisen over the last 20 years concerning late Quaternary Australasian extinctions and vegetation change. It also gives a brief overview of the Australasian megafaunal bestiary, and the state of understanding of the timing of human arrival in Australasia. It concludes by developing further the hypothesis first elaborated in Flannery (1994a) concerning the nature, timing, and consequences of megafaunal extinction in Australasia, and presents a new, testable hypothesis.


Late Pleistocene Fire Regime Human Presence Mammal Fauna Extinct Species 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. F. Flannery
    • 1
  • R. G. Roberts
    • 2
  1. 1.Mammal SectionAustralian MuseumSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of Earth SciencesLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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