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2009-02-23 14:25:04

A Canadian museum curator says he plans to look for additional pieces of an ancient mammoth tusk found in the Saanich Peninsula. Grant Keddie, curator of archaeology at the Royal B.C. Museum in British Columbia, spotted the tip of the tusk among cliff erosion debris at Island View Beach. I looked up on the cliff and it sort of looked like something that could be bone and I climbed up there and sure enough it was a piece of tusk, Keddie told the Victoria Times Colonist. These mammoth bones are...

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2009-02-13 09:49:53

Dazzling new scientific techniques are allowing archaeologists to track the movements and menus of extinct hominids through the seasons and years as they ate their way across the African landscape, helping to illuminate the evolution of human diets. Piecing together relationships between the diets of hominids several million years ago to that of early and modern humans is allowing scientists to see how diet relates to the evolution of cognitive abilities, social structures, locomotion and...

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2009-02-02 07:55:00

A set of bones discovered in 2003 have sparked a five-year feud in the scientific world.The bones, discovered inside Liang Bua cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, were believed to be the skeleton of an extinct human species called Homo floresiensis, or "Hobbits."The first report on the discovery appeared in the Journal Nature in 2004.  In the report the authors wrote "here we report the discovery, from the Late Pleistocene of Flores, Indonesia, of an adult hominin," thus declaring a...

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2009-02-01 13:55:00

A Spanish mountain goat, the Pyrenean Ibex, was formally confirmed as extinct in 2000 when the last one of its kind was discovered dead. Before the animal was found dead, scientists reserved skin samples of the animal, a kind of ibex that habituates in the mountains, in liquid nitrogen. Using the DNA from the skin samples, the scientists replaced the genetic matter in eggs from a domestic goat, to create genetic copy a female Pyrenean ibex. This is the first occasion that an extinct...

2009-01-15 13:15:35

University of California scientists say they may have found a complete mammoth tusk on California's Santa Cruz Island. An archeology graduate student at University of California, Santa Barbara discovered the 4-foot-long tusk along the island's northern shore, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. Researchers hope the discovery will provide insight into the evolution of pygmy mammoths. The report said scientists believe 14-foot-tall mammoths swam out to the Channel Islands nearly 20,000...

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2009-01-14 12:55:00

Researcher reported Tuesday that a complete tusk, believed to belong to a prehistoric mammoth was uncovered on Santa Cruz Island off the Southern California coast.  If the discovery is confirmed, it would prove that the beasts roamed 62,000-acre Santa Cruz Island more widely than previously thought. A graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, discovered the tusk while working in a canyon on the island's remote north shore earlier this month.  Lotus Vermeer,...

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2008-12-17 16:50:00

Researchers compare cranial features using 3-D modeling University of Minnesota anthropology professor Kieran McNulty (along with colleague Karen Baab of Stony Brook University in New York) has made an important contribution toward solving one of the greatest paleoanthropological mysteries in recent history -- that fossilized skeletons resembling a mythical "hobbit" creature represent an entirely new species in humanity's evolutionary chain. Discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in...

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2008-11-26 13:46:28

A recent study published on Wednesday shows that giant cave bears froze to death during the last Ice Age in Europe about 28,000 years ago and were not hunted into extinction by man thousands of years later "” as scientists previously thought. The largely vegetarian bears apparently died off as sharp cooling of the climate led to a freeze that killed off the fruits, nuts and plants they ate. Despite surviving on a mostly plant-based diet, the large bears weighed up to a ton and were...

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2008-11-19 17:05:00

Scientists are making remarkable strides in unraveling much of the genetic code of the ice age's wooly mammoth. The million-dollar project is an initial rough draft, detailing the mammoth's more than 3 billion DNA building blocks. The groundbreaking work even has some considering a future where certain extinct, prehistoric species might one day be resurrected. "It could be done. The question is, just because we might be able to do it one day, should we do it?" said Penn State biochemistry...

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2008-11-19 15:03:13

Researchers have discovered the fossilized leg bone of a saber-toothed cat that lived near the UK coast between one and two million years ago. Paleontologist Dick Mol said the fossil belonged to a type of saber-tooth called a scimitar cat that weighted about 881lbs. The recent discovery marks the first time a fossil of this species has been uncovered in the North Sea. Researchers regularly come across fossils from common extinct beasts such as the mammoth from the sea. Beam trawlers use...


Latest Pleistocene extinctions Reference Libraries

Australopithecus garhi
2013-11-29 11:38:51

Australopithecus garhi is a gracile australopithecine species whose fossils were discovered in 1996 by a research team led by Ethiopian paleontologist Berhane Asfaw ad Tim White, an American paleontologist. The remains are believed to be a human ancestor species and most likely the direct ancestor to the human genus Homo. Tim White was the scientist to find the first of the key A. garhi fossils in 1996 within the Bouri Formation found in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression....

Homo floresiensis
2013-09-16 13:06:40

Homo floresiensis Homo floresiensis, or Flores Man, nicknamed “hobbit” and “Flow”, is an extinct species in the genus Homo. The remains of an individual that would have stood about 3 feet in height were uncovered in 2003 on the island of Flores in Indonesia. Incomplete skeletons of nine individuals have been recovered, including one complete cranium. These remains have been the focus of intense research to establish whether they represent a species distinctive from modern humans....

Panthera leo spelaea
2012-11-16 15:34:04

Commonly known as the Eurasian cave lion or the European cave lion, Panthera leo spelaea is an extinct subspecies of lion. It is thought to have lived during the Pleistocene epoch, and may have lived in the Balkans in southeastern Europe until 2,000 years ago. The range of this cave lion would have included northwestern North America, Asia, and areas of Europe and would have extended from Germany, Spain, and Great Britain to the Yukon Territory. Its range also extended from Turkistan to...

Stag-Moose, Cervalces scotti
2012-05-11 12:12:45

The stag-moose (Cervalces scotti) is also known as the stag moose and was actually a deer that resembled a moose. It resided in North America during the Pleistocene era. Its range included New Jersey and Iowa, reach north from Arkansas to Southern Canada. It inhabited wetlands in these areas. This animal had long legs, a head resembling an elk, and huge, complex antlers. The stag-moose became extinct during the mass extinction of large mammals that occurred in the last Ice Age on North...

Shrub-ox, Euceratherium collinum
2012-05-10 05:18:10

The shrub-ox (Euceratherium collinum) is a close relative of the modern musk-ox, and is an extinct member of the family Bovidae. It inhabited North America during the late Pleistocene, appearing before the first bovids entered North America from Eurasia. These muskoxen became extinct approximately 11,500 years ago. The shrub-ox was very large, approximately in between the sizes of a musk-ox and an American Bison. Research done on pellets left by these oxen shows that they browsed for food...

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