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Megafauna


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In terrestrial zoology, the megafauna (from Greek μέγας megas "large" and New Latin fauna "animal life") comprises the large or giant animals of an area, habitat, or geological period. The most common thresholds used are weight over 40 kilograms (90 lb) or 44 kilograms (100 lb) (i.e., having a mass comparable to or larger than a human) or over a tonne,  1,000 kilograms (2,205 lb) (i.e., having a mass comparable to or larger than an ox). The first of these include many species not popularly thought of as overly large, such as white-tailed deer and red kangaroo.
In practice, the most common usage encountered in academic and popular writing describes land mammals roughly larger than a human that are not (solely) domesticated. The term is especially associated with the Pleistocene megafauna – the land animals often larger than modern counterparts considered archetypical of the last ice age, such as mammoths, the majority of which in northern Eurasia, the Americas and Australia became extinct within the last forty thousand years. Among living animals, the term megafauna is most commonly used for the largest extant terrestrial mammals, which are elephants, giraffes, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, and large bovines. Of these five categories of large herbivores, only bovines are presently found outside of Africa and southern Asia, but all the others were formerly more wide-ranging. Megafaunal species may be categorized according to their dietary type: megaherbivores (e.g., elephants), megacarnivores (e.g., lions), and, more rarely, megaomnivores (e.g., bears).
Other common uses are for giant aquatic species, especially whales, any of the larger wild or domesticated land animals such as larger antelope and cattle, as well as dinosaurs and other extinct giant reptilians.
The term megafauna is very rarely used to describe invertebrates, though it has occasionally been used for some species of extinct invertebrates that were much larger than all similar invertebrate species alive today, for example the 1 m (3 ft) dragonflies of the Carboniferous period.
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Megafauna

Megafauna

Animal

  • Desc: In terrestrial zoology, the megafauna comprises the large or giant animals of an area, habitat, or geological period. The most common thresholds used are weight over 40 kilograms or 44 kilograms or over a tonne, 1,000 kilograms.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megafauna
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 1540.13

Australian megafauna

Animal

  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 80.27

Pleistocene megafauna

Animal

  • Desc: Pleistocene megafauna is the set of large animals that lived on Earth during the Pleistocene epoch and became extinct during the Quaternary extinction event. Megafauna are any animals with an adult body weight of over 44 kilograms.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleistocene_megafauna
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 48.44

American Megafauna

Game

Megafauna

Album by Yoga

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  • Result Score: 7.00

Michael Swanwick's Field Guide to the Mesozoic Megafauna

Book by Michael Swanwick

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  • Result Score: 4.10

Megafauna

Album by Tiny Fingers

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  • Result Score: 1.00
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