Australia's Mammal Extinctions: A 50,000-Year History by Chris Johnson | 9780521849180 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Australia's Mammal Extinctions: A 50,000-Year History

Australia's Mammal Extinctions: A 50,000-Year History

by Chris Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521849187

ISBN-13: 9780521849180

Pub. Date: 09/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Of the forty mammal species known to have vanished in the world in the last 200 years, almost half have been Australian. Our continent has the worst record of mammal extinctions, with over 65 mammal species having vanished in the last 50 000 years. It began with the great wave of megafauna extinctions in the last ice-age, and continues today, with many mammal species

Overview

Of the forty mammal species known to have vanished in the world in the last 200 years, almost half have been Australian. Our continent has the worst record of mammal extinctions, with over 65 mammal species having vanished in the last 50 000 years. It began with the great wave of megafauna extinctions in the last ice-age, and continues today, with many mammal species vulnerable to extinction. The question of why mammals became extinct, and why so many became extinct in Australia has been debated by experts for over a century and a half and we are no closer to agreement on the causes. This book introduces readers to the great mammal extinction debate. Chris Johnson takes us on a detective-like tour of these extinctions, uncovering how, why and when they occurred.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521849180
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments; Glossary; 1. Introduction - a brief history of Australian mammals; Part I. Mammals and People in Ice-Age Australia - 2.6 Million to 10,000 Years Ago: 2. The Pleistocene Megafauna; 3. What caused the Megafauna extinctions? 150 years of debate; 4. Two dating problems - human arrival and Megafauna extinction; 5. The changing environment of Late Pleistocene Australia; 6. Testing hypotheses on Megafauna extinction; 7. The aftermath: ecology consequences of Megafauna extinction; Part II. The Late Pre-Historic Period - 10,000 to 200 Years Ago; 8. Environmental change and human history in aboriginal Australia; 9. Dingoes, people, and other mammals in Holocene Australia; Part III. Europeans and Their New Mammals - The Last 200 Years; 10. Mammal extinction in European Australia; 11. What caused the recent extinctions?; 12 Interaction: rabbits, sheep and dingoes; 13. Conclusions - the history in review.

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