from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Large or relatively large animals, as of a particular region or period, considered as a group.
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- n. The large animals of a given region or time, considered as a group.
- n. A treatise on such a group of large animals.
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In a future where all megafauna is extinct and where technologically advanced humans are highly skilled at genetic engineering, future people 500 years hence genetically create ungulate-like grassland people, cold-weather tundra people, scansorial forest and woodland people, and gilled, seal-like aquatic people (Dixon 1990).
I'm also researching Mongolian megafauna, which is a little too much fun, as it justifies things like watching Walking with Beasts and so forth.
Until twenty thousand years ago, giant mammals, the so-called megafauna, were found in the Cerrado.
Until the oversized beasts known as megafauna went extinct, our ancestors had to learn to survive on a landscape populated with creatures like sabre-toothed tigers, oversized eagles, and plodding giant sloths.
SYDNEY, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A species of giant ancient turtle outlived most of the outsized, extinct animals known as megafauna -- until humans came along, Australian researchers say.
But about 13,000 years ago, not long after the first humans arrived in the New World, all but a few of these remarkable creatures--collectively known as megafauna--had vanished.
Minnesota and Wisconsin were populated by a variety of very large animals called megafauna which lived in the cold climate on the margins of the glacial ice.
The boys 'discoveries help illustrate and remind people of the large animals, known as megafauna, that used to live in Colorado during the Ice Age.
And in Canada designer Amy Nugent has taken things a step further, "harvesting" highway hits from bears and moose (what you might call megafauna) through to porcupines to fashion a celebrated jewellery range (www. roadquill.ca) that includes bracelets and tie slides.
"megafauna" - large animals such as mammoths, bison, camels and mastodons.
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