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Frozen in Time: What Caused the Extinction of the Ice Age Megafauna?

© Yukon Government, Art by George "Rinaldino" Teichmann

The megafauna of Siberia and Alaska included muskoxen, bison, wild horses and woolly mammoths. © Yukon Government, Art by George "Rinaldino" Teichmann

By Simon Ho

A new study of ancient DNA preserved in permafrost has revealed that Ice Age megafauna varied considerably in their ability to survive climate change and the spread of humans.

Simon Ho is a Senior Lecturer and an Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney.

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