Climate Change, Not Humans, Killed Mammoths
New tests suggest humans aren't to blame for extinction of prehistoric pachyderms
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2009 9:46 AM CDT
A Russian man examines bronze sculptures of mammoths in the Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk.   (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

(Newser) – British scientists believe climate change did more than spear-wielding humans to wipe out the woolly mammoth in Europe, the Guardian reports. New tests have revealed that the mammoths roamed northern Europe until 14,000 years ago, much later than had been thought. Researchers believe the animals died out as the warming post-Ice Age climate slowly turned the grasslands they thrived in into forests.

"We think our research shows that climatic change, particularly working through its effect on the vegetation, was largely responsible for the extinction," one scientist said. "It was certainly responsible for squeezing the range of this species right down."

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Jun 20, 2009 9:49 AM CDT
now thats funny as hell...rofl
Jun 19, 2009 9:52 AM CDT
"Many large mammals disappeared due to the appearance of humans? Is that your claim? Lets see, 2.5 million years ago the appearance of the genus "Homo", 200,000 years since humans started looking like they did today, 14,000 years ago the mammoth died off. What other evidence do you have, because your claim so far is not holding up." You said this in response to Observer. I assume that if you knew of the Holocene Extinction, you wouldn't have said that. Apparently you're going to pretend that you do know, however. That's cool.
Jun 18, 2009 9:42 AM CDT
Why are you showing me this? He cites no studies, he just makes claims and complains that nobody listens to him and his buddies. Tell you what: show me a source that doesn't have the word "conservative" plastered all over it and I'll believe it. Until then, I'm going to stick with my professor.