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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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Until a few thousand years ago, animals that could have been featured in a sci-fi thriller—gorilla-sized lemurs, 500-pound birds, and crocodiles that weighed a ton or more—roamed the Earth. These great beasts, or “megafauna,” lived on every habitable continent. Today, almost all of them are gone. What caused the disappearance of these prehistoric behemoths? Mammalogist Ross D. E. MacPhee, curator in the Department of Mammalogy, searches for answers to this mystery of giants by examining the leading extinction theories and weighs the evidence in his new book.