Sunday, May 26, 2013

Pygmy mammoths

How did mammoths reach the channel islands?

From the National Park Service Channel Islands website:

With their snorkel-like trunk and buoyant mass, elephants, living relatives of mammoths, are considered excellent distance swimmers, among the best of all land mammals, and skilled at crossing watergaps. Documented accounts demonstrate that Asian elephant swim to islands they cannot even see – some up to 23 miles away—guided by the odor of ripening fruit and vegetation. There is no reason that Pleistocene mammoths were not just as seaworthy, and just as good at swimming.

We don't know if prehistoric man rode pygmy mammoths.

But they probably did!

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