Megafaunal extinction spurred by plant die out

A decade-long research project has revealed the diets of extinct Antarctic megafauna – as well as uncovering potential reasons for why they went extinct.

The study, conducted in part by researchers from the University of Wollongong, helped create a picture of what Arctic vegetation was like during the last Ice Age.

They found that the protein-rich herbaceous plants that were once common reduced in abundance during the last Ice Age. This in turn contributed to the extinction of many megafauna, including the iconic wooly Mammoth.

Read more at University of Wollongong

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