Part Five - The Mysterious Extinction
The Prehistoric Era, stretching from 2.6 million years ago to 6000 BC, holds within its depths some of the most enigmatic mysteries of Earth's history. In this blog post, we embark on a journey into the Ice Age, explicitly focusing on the extinction of megafauna during this epoch. Join us as we delve into the intriguing debates and theories surrounding the demise of creatures like the woolly rhinoceros, mammoth, and wild horse. In contrast, others, like the reindeer, bison, and musk ox, managed to endure.
Part Five: The Mysterious Extinction
As the last ice age waned and the world warmed, a wave of extinction swept across the land, claiming the lives of iconic creatures like the woolly rhinoceros, mammoth, and wild horse. These magnificent beasts vanished from the Earth, leaving only remnants of their existence.
Equus lenensis, commonly known as the Lena horse, is another extinct species that once roamed during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene Epoch. Its story, too, is woven into the tapestry of this ancient era.
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Debates and Theories
Scientists have engaged in passionate debates over the centuries, attempting to unravel the mystery behind the simultaneous extinction of numerous Ice Age animals. An article published in the Biological Review journal explores various theories, ranging from climate change and human hunting to asteroid strikes and viral outbreaks.
Today, a consensus has emerged highlighting climate change and human hunting as the most likely culprits responsible for the megafauna's demise. The shift to warmer climates triggered significant environmental changes. With expanding forests came a reduction in the available food sources for these giant creatures. Human hunting, driven by the necessity to survive, further exacerbated the predicament of these majestic beings.
Coming Up: Part Six
In our next installment, Part Six, we will delve deeper into this intricate web of events, exploring the simultaneous existence of humans and three extinct Ice Age animals. Stay tuned as we continue to unlock the mysteries of our ancient past and the enigmatic lives of these prehistoric giants.