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Baltimore1937
02-09-2016, 01:27 AM
Australian Pleistocene Megafauna:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160208-the-lost-giants-that-prowled-the-australian-wilderness

client
05-04-2016, 08:10 AM
Even if we cannot be sure that the arrival of Australian Aboriginals on the continent had catastrophic effects on its native animals, it seems that the animals had a rather spiritual effect on the humans. The Aboriginal mythological "Dreamtime" includes a cast of monstrous creatures, many of which bear a close resemblance to some of the real-life monsters that once stalked Australia's plains. Are the myths based in fact? Perhaps: after all, these creatures are far stranger than anything dreamed up by humans.

Interesting.

aloxinhxinh
05-10-2016, 01:38 AM
is to learn about them

Baltimore1937
05-14-2016, 02:41 AM
Mastodon with human connection in Florida:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36286548

magallanes44
06-06-2016, 11:18 AM
its really interesting

Agamemnon
06-06-2016, 04:16 PM
Interesting.

Wonambi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonambi) is one of those "monstrous creatures".

Baltimore1937
06-21-2016, 10:15 AM
I guess I'll place this article here, although it could also fit under Climate Change:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/18/science/patagonia-extinctions-global-warming.html?WT.mc_id=D-NYT-MKTG-MOD-81830-6-20-HD&WT.mc_ev=click&WT.mc_c=

Baltimore1937
07-02-2016, 07:03 AM
A tidbit about Cave Bear extinction:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/07/rigid-vegetarian-diet-may-have-done-ancient-cave-bears

Catterick
07-04-2016, 03:39 PM
Personally I don't buy the notion much modern Aboriginal lore remembers the megafauna. The supernatural goannas and rainbow serpents of the Dreamtime have been tied to Varanus prisca and Wonambi in books. But check the words used for these mythical figures and they refer only to specific species of monitor and python that survive today.

Some outback folklore refers to "giant rabbits" that walk upright like men instead of hopping. This is what I thought when sthenurines were reinterpreted as human-like bipeds. Folklore predicting science.

Baltimore1937
05-17-2019, 07:16 PM
New Mammoth vs. Humans article:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/mammoth-bones-north-america/

Censored
07-08-2019, 05:11 AM
I always wonder how the natural world came to equilibrium after this mass extinction across several continents. There had to have been some sort of ecological collapse following the removal of so many large animals, but I suppose that kind of collapse *is* the reason so many of them died off in the first place.