Paleoecology: The Functional Uniqueness of Ancient Megafauna.

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Summary of "Paleoecology: The Functional Uniqueness of Ancient Megafauna."

Reconstructing prehistoric animal communities is important for understanding the emergence of modern ecosystems and the environmental context of human evolution. A new study of African fossils spanning seven million years shows that ancient large-herbivore assemblages were functionally distinct from those that exist today.


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Name: Current biology : CB
ISSN: 1879-0445
Pages: R32-R35


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