megafauna

High-protein diet to blame for Neanderthals' extinction?

High-protein diet to blame for Neanderthals' extinction?

The extinction of Neanderthals took place at the same time as the beginning of the demise of giant animals or "Megafauna" in Europe, the researchers pointed out. 

Mar 30, 2016, 21:07 PM IST
Humans drove gigantic ancient mammals to extinction

Humans drove gigantic ancient mammals to extinction

Early humans, not climate change, were the dominant cause of the extinction of a variety of species of giant beasts.

Aug 14, 2015, 13:18 PM IST
Mighty mammoths went extinct due to warming Earth

Mighty mammoths went extinct due to warming Earth

 The mighty megafauna of the last Ice Age, including the woolly mammoths, largely became extinct because of rapid climate-warming events, a study says.

Jul 26, 2015, 13:54 PM IST

What led to Ice Age megafauna extinctions

Researchers have said that the gut content from permafrozen woolly rhinos, mammoth and other extinct ice age mammals could help reveal what led to this extinction.

Feb 06, 2014, 12:07 PM IST

Out of the oil emerges Venezuela`s `Jurassic Park`

Under the rich Venezuelan soil, paleontologists have found treasures rivalling the bountiful oil, a giant armadillo the size of a Volkswagen, a crocodile bigger than a bus and a saber-toothed tiger.

Sep 06, 2013, 14:17 PM IST

`Extinction of big animals may cause soil nutrient deficiency`

The mass extinction of large animals in the Pleistocene era caused today’s dearth of soil nutrients, scientists said Sunday, and warned of further damage if modern giants like the elephant disappear.

Aug 13, 2013, 09:31 AM IST

Climate change, not humans, may be behind demise of gigantic animals

A new research has challenged the claim that humans were primarily responsible for the demise of the megafauna in a proposed "extinction window" between 40,000 and 50,000 years ago, and pointed the finger at climate change.

May 07, 2013, 15:12 PM IST

Climate change led to mammoth extinction in Russia

Prehistoric hunters are not to blame for mammoths becoming extinct in Russia`s far eastern region, a new joint Russian-American study has said.

Jun 13, 2012, 10:33 AM IST

Did megafauna extinction cool the planet?

The rapid decline of mammoths and other megafauna after humans spread across the New World may explain a bone-chilling plunge in global temperatures some 12,800 years ago, researchers reported Sunday.

May 24, 2010, 10:02 AM IST