Definition of megafauna
1 : animals (such as bears, bison, or mammoths) of particularly large size
2 : fauna consisting of individuals large enough to be visible to the naked eye
megafaunalplay \-nəl\ adjective
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And all five mass extinctions killed off not just charismatic megafauna—the equivalents of lions and elephants—but hardy, ubiquitous species like insects and plants.
Japanese, mostly—to gather in public places and team up to make quick work of the megafauna that roam its bucolic scenes.
But tens of thousands of years after these megafauna did their digging, those tunnels still dot this part of South America.
As star marine megafauna, killer whales lured in a paying audience who, at the time, thought little of how the animals lived or that performing for the crowd might not keep the animals free from boredom.
Within four years, Côa was listed as a United Nations World Heritage Site, ensuring that this record of prehistoric megafauna would survive.
However, more than 85 percent of the continent's megafauna went extinct not long after humans arrived.
Bye, big bird G. newtoni is hardly the only megafauna (animals weighing more than 100 lbs., or 45 kg) that lived about 50,000 years ago in Australia.
The widespread megafauna of the late Pleistocene did not simply drop dead in unison.
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