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Study: Humans Didn't Wipe Out Mammoths
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May 10, 2006 — Recent evidence suggests people may not deserve the blame for the wave of animal extinctions — which included the woolly mammoth, wild horse Equus ferus, and saber-toothed tiger — that arrived with the end of the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago.

Many experts have argued that over-hunting caused by human expansion imperiled these species and others. As woolly mammoth numbers declined in the northern latitudes, the theory goes, vegetation patterns changed to favor small animals over big grazers and their predators.

But the authors of a new study say the die-offs were due to a more complex sequence of events between 13,000 and 10,000 years ago, when the chilly Pleistocene yielded to the balmy Holocene era of today.

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