Tunnels in Time

Tunnels in Time

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Tunnels in Time tells the story of fossil bones of giant animals found in caves, lake beds and riverbanks across Australia. These bones fascinated 'natural philosophers' of the past and continue to stimulate intense scientific debate today. Inevitably, it is a story of extinctions, first of a vibrant rainforest fauna that existed until 10 million years ago, then of the more recent demise of the megafauna, the giant herbivores and carnivores that roamed this land during the Pleistocene era.

Tunnels in time tells the story of fossil bones of giant animals found in caves, lake beds and riverbeds across Australia. Its is a new book providing a much-needed long-term perspective to current views of nature and environment in Australia. It places the current debate about climate change and extinction of our native fauna in deep historical context and brings together the story of 200 years of discovery and research, showing how past climates and the arrival of humans have impacted on ecosystems of this continent. It tells how 20 million years of changing climates and then the arrival of Aboriginal people impacted on ecosystems in Australia - the 'different' continent. Past and current research is explained with as little technical language as possible and brought to life with anecdotes and stories.

Change is, and always has been, part of nature. We humans are now the cause of unusually rapid environmental change. The insight gained from deep time provides a framework for the thinking and action of people who care for, appreciate and enjoy the Australian natural environment.

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