Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wooly Mammoth Extinction Pattern Has Been Mapped

Mammoth skull and tusks, University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks. G.M. MacDonald

Wooly Mammoth Extinction Mapped -- USA Today

Good new, folks. Humans were only incidental to the extinction of the Wooly Mammoth.

Once widely roaming across Siberia and North America, the Wooly Mammoth died off more than 10,000 years ago, with a lingering dwarf population lasting on the Wrangel Islands until 4,000 years ago.

In a jumbo analysis of 1,323 wooly mammoth samples, and numerous woodland sample records, a team led by Glen MacDonald of the University of California Los Angeles, reports in the current Nature Communications journal on the gradual disappearance of these remarkable pachyderms.

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My Comment: It must have been an incredible sight to see when they roamed the plains.

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