Late Pleistocene Megafaunal Extinctions

A European Perspective
  • Anthony John Stuart
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Part of the Advances in Vertebrate Paleobiology book series (AIVP, volume 2)

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the accelerated extinction of megafauna that occurred within the late Pleistocene, ca. 50,000 to 10,000 radiocarbon years before present, with some reference to earlier (Pleistocene) and later (Holocene) events. It is important to distinguish between, on the one hand, extinction of a species because of replacement by its evolutionary descendant, or by a less closely related competitor (the normal processes of faunal turnover), and on the other, extinction without ecological replacement. It is the latter that concerns us here.

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Late Pleistocene Late Glacial Cold Stage Spotted Hyena White Rhinoceros 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony John Stuart
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  1. 1.Norwich Castle MuseumNorwichUK

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