[ meg-uh-faw-nuh ]
/ ˈmɛg əˌfɔ nə /
Zoology. large or giant animals, especially of a given area. Because megafauna tend to have long lives and slow population growth and recovery rates, many such species, as elephants and whales, are particularly vulnerable to overexploitation by humans.
Ecology. animals of a given area that can be seen with the unaided eye.
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Example sentences from the Web for megafauna
Within a few thousand years of human arrival on Australia, all the continent's megafauna were hunted to extinction.Here on Earth, The Forgotten Founding Father, and Other Reviews|The Daily Beast|April 30, 2011|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for megafauna
/ (ˈmɛɡəˌfɔːnə) /
the component of the fauna of a region or period that comprises the larger terrestrial animals
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Scientific definitions for megafauna
[ mĕg′ə-fô′nə ]
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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