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Understanding the extinction of Australia’s most iconic megafaunal species

Understanding the extinction of Australia’s most iconic megafaunal species

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Associate Professor Trevor Worthy from the Flinders University of South Australia will lead a team to determine the nature, timing and cause of megafaunal extinction in arid Australia, using an extensive fossil necropolis at Lake Callabonna in South Australia.

The project has secured funding of $416,584 through the ARC Discovery Projects scheme to commence in 2018, announced on 10 November 2017 by Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham.

The project is expected to generate critical new insights into the globally significant megafauna extinction debate, and enhance institutional and international collaborations in palaeoecological research. By providing a deep time perspective on Australia’s extinction dynamics, this project will benefit future conservation management strategies and will generate a new understanding of both the life and death of Australia’s most iconic megafaunal species.

 

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