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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Online Lecture About Late Pleistocene Megafaunal Extinctions

Online Lecture About Late Pleistocene Megafaunal Extinctions

There is a 2012 Tyrrell Museum Speaker Series lecture
about terminal Pleistocene extinctions on Youtube. It is:

Gary Hanes, Late Pleistocene megafaunal
extinctions and the unsettled timing of the first
human dispersals into North America. Royal
Tyrrell Museum Speaker Series 2015

Gray Hanes mentions briefly the use of Sporormiella
spp. microfossils to estimate the age of megafauna
extinctions in his lecture. How this is done is discussed in:

Gill, J. L., J. W. Williams, S. T. Jackson, K. Lininger,
and G. S. Robinson, 2009, Pleistocene megafaunal
collapse preceded novel plant communities and enhanced
fire regimes," Science, vol.326, pp. 1100-1103.

Gill et al. (2009) found that " Megafaunal populations
collapsed from 14,800 to 13,700 years ago, well before
the final extinctions and during the Bolling-Allerod
warm period.

Burney, D. A., G. S. Robinson, and L. P. Burney,
2003, Sporormiella and the late Holocene extinctions
in Madagascar. Proceedings of the National
Academy of Science of the United States of America.
vol. 100, no. 19, pp. 10800–10805, article 1534700100

Mass Animal Extinctions, Not Climate Change,
Caused Major Shifts in Plant Communities, NFS

The Royal Tyrrell Museum also has a really nice
online lecture about meteorites. It is;

Amy Riches, University of Alberta, Messages from
Meteorites: The Growth of Planets & The Delivery
of Possible Seeds of Life. Royal Tyrrell Museum
Royal Tyrrell Museum Speaker Series 2015


Paul H.

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