New biochemical research shows significant turnovers in Southeast Asian environments and animals during the Pleistocene — ScienceDaily

In a paper published today in the journal Nature, scientists from the Department of Archaeology at MPI-SHH in Germany and Griffith University’s Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution have found that the loss of these grasslands was instrumental in the extinction of many of the region’s megafauna, and probably of ancient humans too.

“Southeast Asia is often overlooked in global discussions of megafauna extinctions,” says Associate Professor Julien Louys who led the study, “but in fact it once had a much richer mammal community full of giants that are now all extinct.”

By looking at stable isotope records in modern and fossil mammal teeth, the researchers were able to reconstruct whether past animals predominately ate tropical grasses or leaves, as well as the climatic conditions at the time they were alive. “These types of analyses provide us with unique and unparalleled snapshots into the diets of these species and

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Alibaba needs to look for growth beyond China and Southeast Asia in a ‘bipolar world for technology’

  • Chinese tech giant Alibaba needs to look beyond China and Southeast Asia in order to sustain current levels of growth, according to Gil Luria, director of research at D.A. Davidson
  • Most of Alibaba’s revenue currently comes from its China retail marketplaces that include the Taobao and Tmall shopping platforms as well as its online-to-offline grocery chain.
  • The company’s most notable presence outside China is through Lazada, a Southeast Asian e-commerce platform in which Alibaba owns a majority stake. 



a sign on the side of a building: Attendees pass by an Alibaba.com display at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.


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Attendees pass by an Alibaba.com display at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

SINGAPORE — Chinese tech giant Alibaba needs to look beyond China and Southeast Asia in order to sustain current levels of growth, an analyst said Thursday. 

With more than 750 million active users in China, Alibaba is at a point where it is beginning to hit saturation, according to Gil Luria, director of research at

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