megafauna

[meg-uh-faw-nuh]

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megafauna

noun
  1. the component of the fauna of a region or period that comprises the larger terrestrial animals
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megafauna

[mĕgə-fô′nə]
  1. Large or relatively large animals of a particular place or time period. Saber-toothed tigers and mastodons belong to the extinct megafauna of the Oligocene and Pleistocene Epochs.
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