- land animals of a given area that can be seen with the unaided eye.
Origin of megafauna
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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
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- the component of the fauna of a region or period that comprises the larger terrestrial animals
- 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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