Tuesday, February 2, 2010
"EXTINCT MAMMOTH." (Part 2)
The American Institute of Biological Sciences also notes that bones of dead elephants, left on the ground and subsequently trampled by other elephants, tend to bear marks resembling butchery marks, which have previously been misinterpreted as such by archaeologists.
The survival of the dwarf mammoths on Russia´s Wrangel Island was due to the island´s very remote location and lack of inhabitants in the early Holocene period. The European discovery of the island (by American whalers) did not occur until the 1820´s. A similar dwarfing occurred with the Pygmy Mammoth on the outer Channel Islands of California, but at an earlier period. Those animals were very likely killed by early Paleo-Native Americans, and habitat loss caused by a rising sea level that split Santa Rosae into the outer Channel Islands.
Recent research indicates that mammoths survived in the Americas until 10,000 years ago. This conclusion is from research, by James Haile and Eske Willerslev of the University of Copenhagen, of sentiments found in central Alaska, and reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Fishermen in Siberia, Russia have discovered the complete skeleton of a mammoth -a find which Russian experts have described as very rare.
The mammoth´s backbone, skull, teeth and tusks all survived intact. It appears to have died aged about 50.
Mammoths lived in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America between about 1.6 million years ago and 10,000 years ago, during the Pleistocene epoch.
Siberia has historically been a rich source of prehistoric remains.
Some experts are now suggesting that climate change is leading to discoveries which might otherwise have remained hidden in frozen ground.
SOME INFORMATION ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING, OZONE LAYER, THE RAIN FOREST, EARTHQUAKE AND OTHER RELATED ISSUES WILL FOLLOW THE EXTINCT MAMMOTH.
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