Late pleistocene of Australia

Porch, N. 2013, Late pleistocene of Australia, in Encyclopedia of quaternary science, Elsevier BV, Edinburgh, Scotland, pp.191-199.

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Title Late pleistocene of Australia
Author(s) Porch, N.
Title of book Encyclopedia of quaternary science
Editor(s) Elias, Scott A.
Mock, Cary J.
Publication date 2013
Chapter number 1
Total chapters 1
Start page 191
End page 199
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of Publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Summary Like other parts of the Southern Hemisphere, the history of research into late Quaternary beetle records in Australia is relatively short. This stems from a range of factors including the dominance of pollen analysis in exploration of Quaternary climates and environments, a longstanding lack of interest in alternative proxies, the difficulty of developing new proxies to modern standards and, perhaps especially, the relative lack of knowledge regarding the modern Australian beetle fauna (see below). This last factor applies to other regions of the Southern Hemisphere but is extreme in Australia because of the massive size of the fauna. Nonetheless, within this context significant advances have been made in terms of methods for the reconstruction of climatic parameters (Porch, 2010) and in the application of these methods to the Quaternary record (Porch, 2006; Porch et al., 2009; Sniderman et al., 2009). This article presents an overview of the current state of Quaternary beetle analysis in the Australian context, focusing on records from the late Quaternary.
ISBN 9780444536433
Edition 2nd
Language eng
Field of Research 060206 Palaeoecology
040606 Quaternary Environments
060808 Invertebrate Biology
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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