Skip to comments.Humans Did Not Kill Off Mammoths; Comet, Climate Change Helped, Studies Show
Posted on 06/12/2012 7:03:32 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Although human hunting played a part in the demise of the woolly mammoth about 10,000 years ago, homo sapiens were but bit players in a global drama involving climate change, comet impact and a multitude of other factors, scientists have found in separate studies.
Previous research had blamed their demise on tribal hunting. But new findings pretty much dispel the idea of any one factor, any one event, as dooming the mammoths, said Glen MacDonald, a researcher and geographer at the University of California in Los Angeles, to LiveScience.com.
In other words, hunting didnt help, but it was not instrumental. The ancestors didnt do it.
So what did? After thriving for 250,000 years, the huge mammals lingered on in dwarf form in the Arctic Oceans Wrangel Island until 3,700 years ago. Between 20,000 and 25,000 years ago, LiveScience said, the animals declined during the worst of the last major ice age, though they started to multiply in warmer interior Siberia.
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It was always a stupid theory.
The knuckledragging, homo sapien haters can put this in their pipe and smoke it!
It’s a good thing some government outlawed those prehistoric SUVs. Why, they almost killed humans, too.
(Do I really need a /sarc tag?)
Ice ages have been coming and going for a few million years now and the Mammoths rode through them with no problem.
What was the difference last time? Man.
This is just a PC attempt to resurrect the Lib favorite Noble Savage myth
It is a stupid theory.
Humans had almost zero impact on the buffalo until the arrival of two things:
The horse and the gun.
To think that stone-age humans could have decimated the mammoth population is ridiculous. An individual mammoth is just too large and powerful, human hunter time could have been way more effective against smaller prey.
“Global warming killed the mammoths.” Another piece of crap from the Leftards.
I still think cloning is the hard way, and they could probably get viable eggs and sperm from recent finds.
Can these lefties just go ahead and off themselves and be done with it? Would save a lot of time and money. Seriously.
Why couldn’t woolly mammoths just stop driving gas-guzzling personal vehicles, switch from coal to “renewables” to generate power, and stop redeveloping the land so much . . . ? (Oh wait; they were wild animals. Climate change??)
So who killed off the hundreds of other species that checked out at the same time?
I know of a few groups (incl Penn Univ) who have been warming this up for 10 years. They got the Mammoth sequence done first, just needed to complete the African elephant. So the sequencing part is done as far as I know. I haven’t heard yet about finding viable sperm or eggs, but its possible.
Then, just as everybody was getting cozy, 12,000 years ago a comet hit mid-continent and busted up the residual icesheet in Canada.
We find the debris all over the American midwest.
The ice flows down the St Lawrence valley increased flooding the North Atlantic with ice. This triggered an almost instantaneous return to deep Ice Age conditions.
1500 years later that ice melted and the interglacial climate continued on to where we are today ~ 5,000 years overdue for the next glaciation.
The Mastadons dining on grass and other herbacious delights died out rather quickly with nothing to eat. Their predators also died out.
With the big cats out of the way both North America and East Asia were opened up to human settlement.
Yeah, that’s it, “climate change.”
And it’s happening again, unless you renew my superfatted research grant.
Isn’t it amazing how many scientists come up with theories that demand huge grants in order to Save Mankind.
****human hunter time could have been way more effective against smaller prey.****
I understand baby mammoth is both tender and tasty! And they are easy to kill!
Blame it on Bush. Why not? Just as stupid an accusation as those for global warming, poverty, starvation, and lack of sunspots on the sun which are also blamed on Bush.
Never let facts get in the way of faux science.
Thank you ... a response that makes more sense then this ridiculous theory.