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What does the occurrence of Sporormiella (Preussia) spores mean in Australian fossil sequences?
Dodson, John1,2; Field, Judith H.1
2018-05-01
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE
Volume33Issue:4Pages:380-392
SubtypeArticle
AbstractUnderstanding the loss of the final few species of Australian megafauna is beset by a paucity of data on human arrival, well-provenanced megafauna, human/megafauna population range and distribution (coexistence and interaction), and the range, scale and impact of environmental changes spanning the human-megafauna period. To overcome these shortcomings, the occurrence and decline of coprophilous fungal spores of Sporormiella in sediments have been used as a proxy for extinct megaherbivores. The Sporormiella evidence is presented as the key indicator of extinction timing and these reports are often from locations where there is no known archaeological record or megafauna remains. However, interpreting fungal spore occurrence is not straightforward, as demonstrated by studies investigating taphonomy, taxonomy and the types of animal dung where Sporormiella occurs. No detailed studies on these problems exist for Australia and no evidence supporting the use of Sporormiella as a valid proxy has been reported. Here we examine the occurrence of Sporormiella spores from Cuddie Springs in south-eastern Australia. Despite a well-preserved suite of megafauna fossils, Sporormiella occurrence is sporadic and frequencies are low. We conclude that using Sporormiella alone as an indicator for the presence of megafauna is premature for the Australian context. Copyright (C) 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
KeywordCuddie Springs Megafauna Extinctions Megaherbivores Palaeoenvironment Sporormiella
WOS HeadingsScience & Technology ; Physical Sciences
DOI10.1002/jqs.3020
WOS KeywordPLEISTOCENE MEGAFAUNAL EXTINCTION ; LATE QUATERNARY EXTINCTIONS ; SOUTH-WESTERN AUSTRALIA ; NEW-GUINEA ; HUMAN OCCUPATION ; COPROPHILOUS FUNGI ; WATER AVAILABILITY ; CUDDIE-SPRINGS ; GENYORNIS EGG ; NORTH-AMERICA
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaPhysical Geography ; Geology
WOS SubjectGeography, Physical ; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000431658900002
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.ieecas.cn/handle/361006/5168
Collection黄土与第四纪地质国家重点实验室(2010~)
Affiliation1.Univ New South Wales, Sch Biol Earth & Environm Sci, Sydney, NSW, Australia
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Earth Environm, State Key Lab Loess & Quaternary Geol, Xian, Shaanxi, Peoples R China
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Dodson, John,Field, Judith H.. What does the occurrence of Sporormiella (Preussia) spores mean in Australian fossil sequences?[J]. JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE,2018,33(4):380-392.
APA Dodson, John,&Field, Judith H..(2018).What does the occurrence of Sporormiella (Preussia) spores mean in Australian fossil sequences?.JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE,33(4),380-392.
MLA Dodson, John,et al."What does the occurrence of Sporormiella (Preussia) spores mean in Australian fossil sequences?".JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE 33.4(2018):380-392.
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