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Ponies and the Pleistocene--Dating

The Waco Mammoth Site is the result of an ancient death trap, a flood plain near a tempermental river. As a result, we have layers upon layers of bones. While we are famous for the nursery herd of mammoths found in the lowest level of the site, the star of the site is Mammoth Q, the male found in the uppermost level. Male mammoths were solitary, but Q was found with a calf and at least one adult female, leading to speculation that the group died during mating season.

Science is constantly developing as new evidence is found. This week, the WMS received new data regarding our dates. Previous tests indicated that the two major groups died approximately 68,000 and 53,000 years ago. Newer tests have adjusted this slightly, to roughly 65,000 and 51,000 years ago. These latest tests have a margin of error of 7%. When new samples are taken in the next year or two, we should be able to get that margin down to 1%. It is so exciting to watch these mysteries unravel!

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daireen
Jun. 12th, 2013 11:54 am (UTC)
For a second I read that as 6,000-5,000 years ago, and was all, "OMG mammoths at the dawn of history?!"

Someone's not awake this morning.
kimonos_house
Jun. 12th, 2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
Actually, the last of the mammoths went extinct around 5,000 years ago. They were adorable pigmy mammoths that lived on an island off the coast of Siberia. :D
madripoor_rose
Jun. 12th, 2013 01:29 pm (UTC)
This must be one of the coolest jobs in the world.
jellostar
Jun. 13th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
So fascinating. :D Greatly enjoy these 'history / science bites' we get with Ponies and the Pleistocene.
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