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Wyoming cave dig unearths bones of ancient horses, cheetahs and bison
Reuters ^ | August 8, 2014 5:23pm EDT | LAURA ZUCKERMAN

Posted on 08/09/2014 2:33:26 AM PDT by blueplum

(Reuters) - Scientists excavating an ancient Wyoming sinkhole containing a rare trove of fossils of Ice Age mammals have unearthed hundreds of bones of such prehistoric animals as American cheetahs, a paleontologist said on Friday.

The two-week dig by an international team of researchers led by Des Moines University paleontologist Julie Meachen marked the first exploration of Natural Trap Cave at the base of the Bighorn Mountains in north-central Wyoming since its initial discovery in the 1970s.

Meachen said the extensive excavation that began late last month uncovered roughly 200 large bones of animals like horses that roamed North America from 12,000 to 23,000 years ago and an uncounted number of microfossils of creatures such as birds, lizards and snakes.

:snip: A number of animals that fell 85 feet to their deaths after stumbling into the 15-foot-wide mouth of the cavern were unusually well preserved by cold and damp conditions, Meachen said.

“Some bones still have collagen with intact DNA for genetic testing and some fossils are ...

(Reporting by Laura Zuckerman in Salmon, Idaho; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Eric Beech)

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Wyoming
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1 posted on 08/09/2014 2:33:27 AM PDT by blueplum
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To: SunkenCiv

courtesy ping


2 posted on 08/09/2014 2:34:19 AM PDT by blueplum
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To: blueplum

I was under the impression there were no horses in the Americas prior to being imported from Europe.


3 posted on 08/09/2014 2:40:13 AM PDT by DB
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“Excavations have revealed fossils buried beneath the sediments here, including mammoth, short-faced bear, collared lemming, lion, cheetah, and camel.”

Camel. Lion.


4 posted on 08/09/2014 2:55:39 AM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: DB
I was under the impression there were no horses in the Americas prior to being imported from Europe.

Same here. Is this your typical bad reporting, or did horses inhabit North America at some time in the past?

5 posted on 08/09/2014 2:58:46 AM PDT by Fzob (Jesus + anything = nothing, Jesus + nothing = everything)
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To: DB

I remember something about they supposedly all migrated back over the Bering and down to China, or maybe they were overhunted to extinction. I was really surprised at the cheetah find. How’d they get to Wyoming?!


6 posted on 08/09/2014 3:02:00 AM PDT by blueplum
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To: SunkenCiv

Bump


7 posted on 08/09/2014 3:15:06 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Fzob

They were horse “like”. Not the euro brand.


8 posted on 08/09/2014 3:20:18 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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horses, cheetahs and bison

Oh my!

9 posted on 08/09/2014 3:38:58 AM PDT by Ken H
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“I was under the impression there were no horses in the Americas prior to being imported from Europe.
Same here. Is this your typical bad reporting, or did horses inhabit North America at some time in the past?

The horses they’re talking about are probably no bigger than dogs. They’re in the horse family but did not survive into the times humans were here. The larger riding type horse was brought by the Spanish.


10 posted on 08/09/2014 3:49:32 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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There were no horses when the Spanish got here, but there had been prior to that.


11 posted on 08/09/2014 4:15:15 AM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: Gen.Blather

Actually the last of the ancient horses that lived in north America were nearly as big as horses of today.

http://dinosaurs.about.com/od/otherprehistoriclife/a/horses.htm


12 posted on 08/09/2014 4:57:58 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Fzob

Pseudhipparion is an extinct genus of horse endemic to North America during the Miocene.... wiki


13 posted on 08/09/2014 5:01:50 AM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: blueplum

The only surviving American cheetah.

14 posted on 08/09/2014 5:08:54 AM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: DB

They were here and went extinct.


15 posted on 08/09/2014 5:09:40 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Southack

The ratio was six camels to one lion.

A young boy named George who was helping counted out “Camel camel camel camel camel camel lion!”


16 posted on 08/09/2014 5:14:11 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Islander7

Didn’t he go to school at Mizzou ?


17 posted on 08/09/2014 5:23:16 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Vermont Lt
The opposite of Jon Kerry who sports both ends of a horse?
18 posted on 08/09/2014 5:28:20 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: blueplum

Microfossils?


19 posted on 08/09/2014 5:33:32 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: blueplum

Climate change is very real. For example, the average climate of the northern hemisphere is so cold as to cause the ground to be buried under a thousand feet of ice. The cycle of glacier on/glacier off takes place every several hundred thousand years and can be clearly seen in many ways. Even as the science is settled that glaciation has taken place, the causes are still undergoing vigorous debate.

With respect to the idea that humans are causing harmful changes to the climate at this very moment, I am waiting for some peer-reviewed papers that propose what the optimum climate is for our biosphere. The first question that would naturally flow would be where is our current climate and trend in relation to this finding.

That nobody seems interested in this vital comparison indicates that climate is primarily being studied for other purposes. Since all the urgent demands that flow from today’s climate science coincidentally converge on policy solutions that involve statism, bigger government, higher taxes, less personal liberty, the bigger picture tells me all that I need to know about “climate science”.


20 posted on 08/09/2014 5:47:16 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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