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1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020
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The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni) published between 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020 which are tracked by the Nature Index.
Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.
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|Earth & Environmental Sciences||39||7.33|
Highlight of the month
Climate change killed the giant kangaroo
© Arthur Dorety/Stocktrek Images
Humans may not be entirely to blame for the disappearance of Australia’s biggest prehistoric beasts.
Previous explanations for megafauna mass extinctions in Australia and New Guinea nearly 42,000 years ago have been based on sparse archaeological records.
A team that included researchers from the University of Adelaide analysed an array of fossils uncovered at South Walker Creek in northeastern Australia. They identified at least 16 megafaunas species, from giant monitor lizards to the world’s biggest kangaroo, which only began to vanish around 40,000 years ago. According to plant fossils and charcoal particles from the region, this disappearance coincided with a drying climate, a reduction of grassland, and more intense forest fires.
The range of species is more diverse than at southern Australian sites of a similar age, contradicting theories that humans hunted these animals to extinction while migrating north to south. Extinctions around this time may therefore require more complex, environmental explanations.
- Nature Communications 11, 2250 (2020). doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-15785-w
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Affiliated joint institutions and consortia
- ARC Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), Australia
- ARC Centre for the Molecular Genetics of Development (CMGD), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers of Big Data, Big Models, New Insights (ACEMS), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision, Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (PEB), Australia
- ARC Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation, Australia
- ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production (TC-IWP), Australia
- AuScope Limited, Australia
- Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement (ACRCCI), Australia
- Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG), Australia
- Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF), Australia
- Australian Grain Technologies Pty Ltd. (AGT), Australia
- Australian Prostate Cancer BioResource (APCB), Australia
- Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium (ANZIC), Australia
- Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS), Australia
- IceCube Collaboration, United States of America (USA)
- International PSC Study Group (IPSCSG), Australia
- Large Animal Research Imaging Facility (LARIF), Australia
- MOE Joint International Research Laboratory of Metabolic and Developmental Sciences, China
- Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), Australia
- The ATLAS Collaboration, Switzerland
- The Genographic Project, United States of America (USA)
- The H.E.S.S. Collaboration, Germany
- The Pierre Auger Collaboration, Argentina
- University of Adelaide-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Centre for Agriculture and Health, China
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