Man and Global Warming were getting Blamed back Then Too!!
It would be funny if it wasn't so ridiculous.
Saw this article today about Wooly Mammoths with a comment about why they may have gone extinct:
"Though scientists don't know for sure why they disappeared, warming weather and overhunting by humans may have doomed the shaggy beasts."
Another article asserts: "Climate change killed the woolly mammoth, researchers claim."
The woolly mammoth was, "...driven to extinction by climate change as world got too warm for them, researchers have 'suggested'."
At least they do admit, "Further work needs to be done to discover what killed off the last woolly mammoths, the researchers say."
Researcher Phillip R. Burns has concluded that the Wooly Mammoths may not have even been that suited to the cold:
The Siberian steppes during the last ice age were not covered in ice and snow as they are now, nor was the ground frozen.
The reason is that so much of the available water was locked up in the arctic ice pack -- primarily in North America -- that the subarctic steppes were much drier than today.
As a result, the Siberian soil thawed to a greater depth and supported a richer variety of plant life. This included nutritious grasses.
The stomach contents of preserved mammoths indicate that they fed on such grasses, as well as mosses, sedges, herbaceous pollens and spores, and fragments of willow and bilberry.
Some rare poppies and buttercups have also been found in addition to small amounts of arboreal material such as larch needles, willows, and tree bark.
Such variety indicates the mammoths lived in a variety of climates in Siberia. These ranged from dry and steppe-like to slightly wet to swampy to arctic/alpine.
Mammoth trunk tips were bi-lobed, useful for collecting herbaceous food. Relatively little arboreal material has been found in mammoth stomachs.
The greater abundance and variety of steppe vegetation during the ice ages explains how the steppes could support large grazing animals like mammoths.
The mammoths may also have migrated south in the winter and north in the summer. Modern elephants are great travelers, so possibly mammoths were too.
INFO: The source materials below give intriguing answers to questions raised about the extinction of the Wooly Mammoth.