EXHIBITS: Run With the Mammoths

Science  27 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5517, pp. 607f
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5517.607f

Of all extinct animals, perhaps only dinosaurs tug on the imagination like the mammoths, mastodons, and saber-toothed cats that roamed North America and Eurasia late in the last Ice Age. Take a jaunt through the ice ages and their late fauna at the Illinois State Museum's online exhibits. Animations show ice sheets waxing and waning, and text describes such matters as Milankovitch factors—shifts in Earth's elliptical orbit that partly explain Earth's eight glaciations over the past 750,000 years. In a section on the U.S. Midwest 16,000 years ago, check out a saber-tooth skeleton and a discussion of whether people killed off such big mammals. For a European perspective on these critters, visit the Mammoth Saga site in Sweden.

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