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Mammoth kill sites link to dog domestication

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 03:06 PM

A new analysis of European archaeological sites containing large numbers of dead mammoths and dwellings built with mammoth bones has led Penn State Professor Emerita Pat Shipman to formulate a new interpretation of how these sites were formed.

She suggests that their abrupt appearance may have been due to early modern humans working with the earliest domestic dogs to kill the now-extinct mammoth.

http://www.pasthoriz...moth-kill-sites

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 11:37 AM

If this is true, who let the dogs out?


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 11:59 AM

Coating the tips of their weapons with poisonous substances would be enough to take one down


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 03:25 PM

View PostJunior Chubb, on 02 June 2014 - 11:37 AM, said:

If this is true, who let the dogs out?

Good one!


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 04:54 PM

Interesting article. Makes sense too given the long history of reliance on dogs for hunting by our ancestors. No reason why even earlier in our past, that our progenitors shouldn't have discovered the benefits too!

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 05:02 PM

I don't know...I have a hard time digesting the fact that small pockets of humans armed with primitive weapons were responsible for wiping out untold numbers of massive, powerful beasts. Even with dogs. Maybe in conjunction with climate change and other factors but just humans? Ehh... :unsure2:

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 06:17 PM

Heard so many theories stating what wiped out the Mammoths,a bit like picking straws or is that clutching?


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 07:32 PM

Well the dog belonging to our former neighbours nearly drove us to extinction with his unceasing barking, so that might be a good theory.


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 12:06 PM

The dogs must have been ecstatic with the size of bones they could chew on.

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 12:27 AM

^   yup.       i think maybe wolves started hanging around scavenging the leftovers ..   which probably put them on the menu as well?  
Eventually,  they got used to each other , and learned to be mutually beneficial?

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 05:13 AM

Pretty sure they weren't roadkill. Dogs are a good theory.

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 07:57 PM

Its common knowledge what killed mammoths dinosaurs ect answer a catastrofic meteor strike on the earth plain and simple  no mystery bout itt


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 08:05 PM

View Postposner, on 05 June 2014 - 07:57 PM, said:

Its common knowledge what killed mammoths dinosaurs ect answer a catastrofic meteor strike on the earth plain and simple  no mystery bout itt

Interesting first post...

There is over 64 Million years between the extinction of Dinosaurs and Woolly Mammoths but hey, welcome to UM Posner :)

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 08:05 PM

View Postposner, on 05 June 2014 - 07:57 PM, said:

Its common knowledge what killed mammoths dinosaurs ect answer a catastrophic meteor strike on the earth plain and simple  no mystery bout itt

Dino's and Mammoth's are separated by Millions of year . So I would have to disagree .

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 05:24 AM

This is why I am a cat person.

When was the last time you read about cats helping with anything? Much less an extinction?





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