Definition of megafauna in English:



  • 1The large mammals of a particular region, habitat, or geological period.

    • ‘How many would have considered the array of now vanished megafauna, including elephants and lions, that roamed North America before the troublemaker Homo sapiens arrived here just at the end of the Ice Age?’
    • ‘The great mammalian megafauna are flourishing, and the hominid primates have become increasingly skilled at the use of fire and tool-making.’
    • ‘She says that while working on her most recent book, The Ghosts of Evolution, she began to see ‘ghosts’ everywhere - evidence of the lost mammalian megafauna of North America.’
    • ‘A visitor to America's Yellowstone National Park is sure to spot some of the large mammals, or megafauna, for which the region is justly famous.’
    • ‘Put forward by a team of U.S. biologists, the plan argues for restoring giant mammals, or megafauna, that roamed North America during the last Ice Age.’
    1. 1.1Ecology Animals that are large enough to be seen with the naked eye.
      • ‘During the Pleistocene Epoch, which ended about 11,000 years ago, this scavenger dined on the carcasses of mastodons, giant sloths, primitive horses, and other megafauna of the time.’
      • ‘The Stegosaurs are a distinctive component of the Jurassic megafauna.’
      • ‘These are the megafauna, the big predators of the sea, and the species we most value.’
      • ‘The ESA has the ability to protect species ranging from small subalpine plants to large megafauna around the globe but each individual species listed under the ESA may require specialized monitoring programs.’
      • ‘A wonderful guide to Pleistocene ecology, this book describes the flora that evolved in association with large mammals, birds, and other megafauna that are now extinct.’