Ongoing unraveling of a continental fauna

Decline and extinction of Australian mammals since European settlement

The island continent of Australia harbors much of the world’s most distinctive biodiversity, but this review describes an extent of recent and ongoing loss of its mammal fauna that is exceptionally high and appreciably greater than previously recognized.

With the dwindling abundance, range, and diversity of so many species, we see now only a faint shadow of the richness and abundance of the Australian mammal fauna that existed at the time of European settlement

The review has also documented some clear practical management priorities and demonstrated that success and recovery is possible if the examples are followed and priorities implemented.
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