Seasonal migration of marsupial megafauna in Pleistocene Sahul (Australia-New Guinea)
Price, GJ, Ferguson, KJ, Webb, GE, Feng, YX, Higgins, P, Nguyen, AD, Zhao, JX, Joannes-Boyau, R & Louys, J 2017, 'Seasonal migration of marsupial megafauna in Pleistocene Sahul (Australia-New Guinea)', Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences, vol. 284, no. 1863.
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Seasonal two-way migration is an ecological phenomenon observed in a wide range of large-bodied placental mammals, but is conspicuously absent in all modern marsupials. Most extant marsupials are typically smaller in body size in comparison to their migratory placental cousins, possibly limiting their potential to undertake long-distance seasonal migrations. But what about earlier, now-extinct giant marsupial megafauna? Here we present new geochemical analyses which show that the largest of the extinct marsupial herbivores, the enormous wombat-like