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SV: Pleistocene Megafaunal Collapse, Dung Fungus, and Younger Dryas



With respect to the talk about "mastodons" and "mammoths" it should be noted 
that Sporormiella is indicative of mammal dung in general, it is not specific 
to any particular group. It has been used to trace the decline of megafauna on 
Madagascar, which to a large extent consisted of primates (lemurs).

Tommy Tyrberg

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Ãmne: Pleistocene Megafaunal Collapse, Dung Fungus, and Younger Dryas

New Data Shed Light on Large-Animal Extinction, New 
York Times by Nicholas Wade, November 19, 2009â
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/24/science/24fauna.html

mystery of the mastodons gets a few big clues, Christian 
Science Monitor, November 19, 2009â
http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/1120/p02s13-usgn.html

Dung helps reveal why mammoths died out BBC News
by Victoria Gill, November 19, 2009â
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8368485.stm

The paper discussed in the above articles is:

Gill, J. l., J. W. Williams, S. T. Jackson, K. B. Lininger, and G. S. Robinson,
2009, Pleistocene Megafaunal Collapse, Novel Plant Communities, and
Enhanced Fire Regimes in North America. Science. vol. 326, no. 5956, 
pp. 1100 - 1103. DOI: 10.1126/science.1179504

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/326/5956/1100

Yours,

Paul Heinrich