publication . Article . 2003

The Broken Zig-Zag: Late Cenozoic large mammal and tortoise extintion in South America

Tonni, Eduardo Pedro; Cione, Alberto Luis; Soibelzon, Leopoldo Héctor;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2003
Abstract
During the latest Pleistocene-earliest Holocene, South American terrestrial vertebrate faunas suffered one of the largest (and probably the youngest) extinction in the world for this lapse. Megamammals, most of the large mammals and a giant terrestrial tortoise became extinct in the continent, and several complete ecological guilds and their predators disappeared. This mammal extinction had been attributed mainly to overkill, climatic change or a combination of both. We agree with the idea that human overhunting was the main cause of the extinction in South America. However, according to our interpretation, the slaughtering of mammals was accom- plished in a par...
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free text keywords: Ciencias Naturales, Paleontología
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publication . Article . 2003

The Broken Zig-Zag: Late Cenozoic large mammal and tortoise extintion in South America

Tonni, Eduardo Pedro; Cione, Alberto Luis; Soibelzon, Leopoldo Héctor;