Megafauna Extinction Facts

At the end of the last glacial period, which is often called the Ice Age, a mass extinction of large animals (megafauna) such as woolly mammoths, giant sloths, and short-faced bears occurred. These extinctions occurred over thousands of years and at different times in various parts of the world. For example in North America these extinctions occurred approximately 14,500 years ago whereas in Australia they occurred thousands of years earlier. On this page we list interesting facts about these megafauna extinctions. The information below addresses the questions, what caused the megafauna extinctions, why did these extinctions involve mostly large mammals, and where did the megafauna extinctions occur. These facts are written for both kids and adults.

Megafauna Extinction Background Information

Interesting Megafauna Extinction Facts