Australian Research Foundation

  • Illustration of giant lizard fighting off a giant bear-like marsupial

    Climate change helped kill off super-sized Ice Age animals in Australia

    A new study has compared the diet of a variety of Australian megafaunal herbivores from the period when they were widespread (350,000 to 570,000 years ago) to a period when they were in decline (30,000 to 40,000 years ago) by studying their fossil teeth. The analysis suggests that climate change had a significant impact on their diets and may well have been a primary factor in their extinction. Read More

    Jan. 26, 2017