Mammoths might have survived except for bad ‘mineral diet’

Engineering Evil

Public Release: 27-Oct-2015

National Research Tomsk State University


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At the end of the Pleistocene mammoths of Northern Eurasia used to experience chronic mineral hunger. As a result they became extinct due to geochemical stress arising on a background of deep abiotic changes in ecosystems. Most likely they were receiving not enough of essential chemical elements. This hypothesis was developed by TSU paleontologists and based on a large-scale, 15-years long research. Detailed information you can find in an article of Sergei Leshchinsky, Head of Laboratory of Mesozoic and Cenozoic continental ecosystems, TSU Faculty of Geology and Geography. This article was published in Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.

Researchers around the world try to find out causes of extinction of the most prominent representatives of late Pleistocene megafauna – the mammoths. There are two main versions: 1) changes in microclimate…

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