07 Apr '12, 11am

The Ice Age Elephant - Mammuthus primigenius

The Ice Age Elephant - Mammuthus primigenius

With tusks twice as long as an elephant, why did the mammoth become extinct? Warming after the Pleistocene ice, and the resultant cloudy skies and wet tundra caused a population crash 30,000 years, but the species recovered. Dan Fisher believes a predator was responsible for the later decline. The species developed younger maturation and shorter calving intervals in an effort to survive this predation. There was no evidence for one predator until Bernard Buigues found a baby mammoth's corpse on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. Yuka was 3 or 4 years old, but had at least 10,000 years buried in the ice. The spine, skull and tusks had been removed, obviously by human activity, but it is thought that the mammoth had been killed originally by lions. Such a new mystery competes with those lofty cloning ambitions. Who and when is the most pertinent question on this distant crime ag...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/scitech/yuka-ice-age-elephant-m...

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