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- Horsburgh, Katherine Ann, et al. Show all 13 Authors
- Molecular ecology 2016 v.25 no.16 pp. 3950-3961
- DNA; Phocarctos hookeri; anthropogenic activities; biodiversity; bycatch; extinction; fauna; human settlements; islands; mitochondria; models; population dynamics; New Zealand
- ... While terrestrial megafaunal extinctions have been well characterized worldwide, our understanding of declines in marine megafauna remains limited. Here, we use ancient DNA analyses of prehistoric (<1450–1650 AD) sea lion specimens from New Zealand's isolated Chatham Islands to assess the demographic impacts of human settlement. These data suggest there was a large population of sea lions, unique ...