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megafauna

(mĕg′ə-fô′nə)
n. pl. megafauna or megafau·nas
Large or relatively large animals of a particular region, period, or habitat: Pleistocene megafauna; crabs and other aquatic megafauna.

meg′a·fau′nal adj.
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"There really hasn't been any good explanation for the marine megafaunal extinction," Melott said.
Gourds and squashes (Cucurbita spp.) adapted to megafaunal extinction and ecological anachronism through domestication.
Pleistocene rewilding is ethically justified because human beings are to some significant degree implicated in the megafaunal extinctions in North America and elsewhere, and thus bear a moral responsibility to vigorously redress these catastrophic losses as far as possible (Donlan et al., 2006: 666).
Burney, 'The Kilopilopitsofy, Kidoky, and Bokyboky: Accounts of Strange Animals from Belo-Su-Mer, Madagascar, and the Megafaunal "Extinction Window"', American Anthropologist 100 (1998): 957-66; Margaret Sharpe and Dorothy Tunbridge, 'Traditions of Extinct Animals, Changing Sea-Levels and Volcanoes among Australian Aboriginals: Evidence from Linguistic and Ethnographic Research', in R.
It is in part enabled by the animal's megafaunal ecologies.
Micro habitat utilization by the megafaunal assemblage at a low relief outer continental shelf site--Middle Atlantic Bight, USA.
Sequential megafaunal collapse in the North Pacific Ocean: an ongoing legacy of industrial whaling?