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Mammoth Mystery: The Beasts' Final Years
Live Science ^ | Sep 4, 2008 | Charles Q. Choi

Posted on 09/04/2008 10:42:29 AM PDT by decimon

Woolly mammoths' last stand before extinction in Siberia wasn't made by natives - rather, the beasts had American roots, researchers have discovered.

Woolly mammoths once roamed the Earth for more than a half-million years, ranging from Europe to Asia to North America. These Ice Age giants vanished from mainland Siberia by 9,000 years ago, although mammoths survived on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean until roughly 3,700 years ago.

"Scientists have always thought that because mammoths roamed such a huge territory - from Western Europe to Central North America - that North American woolly mammoths were a sideshow of no particular significance to the evolution of the species," said researcher Hendrik Poinar, an evolutionary geneticist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.

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TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; godsgravesglyphs; mammoth; mammoths; mammothtoldme
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To: SunkenCiv; All

Why is it that overactivity in the mind area is so often correlated with underactitivy in the housekeeping area? I can’t find my copy either.


21 posted on 09/04/2008 11:15:32 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: webschooner

I thought it was about Hillary too!


22 posted on 09/04/2008 11:19:05 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: gleeaikin

Hey, the world should try to be satisfied with our genius.


23 posted on 09/05/2008 8:32:49 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: decimon
Bush's fault.
Women children, and minorities most affected!
24 posted on 09/07/2008 8:24:02 PM PDT by night reader (NRA Life Member since 1962)
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Volunteers uncovers 58th Mammoth at the Mammoth Site (Hot Springs, SD)
RapidCityJournal | Friday, July 25, 2008 | Mary Garrigan
Posted on 07/29/2008 1:28:53 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2052965/posts


25 posted on 09/08/2008 10:48:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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putting the m-PHAS-sis on the wrong syl-LAH-ble.
DNA Shows That Last Woolly Mammoths Had North American Roots
ScienceDaily
Friday, September 5, 2008
"Migrations over Beringia [the land bridge that once spanned the Bering Strait] were rare; it served as a filter to keep eastern and western groups or populations of woollies apart, says Poinar. "However, it now appears that mammoths established themselves in North America much earlier than presumed, then migrated back to Siberia, and eventually replaced all pre-existing haplotypes of mammoths."

"Small-scale population replacements, as we call them, are not a rare phenomenon within species, but ones occurring on a continental scale certainly are," says Ross MacPhee, curator of mammalogy at the American Museum of Natural History, and one of the researchers on the study.

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