Very near, yet very far

They’re all gone now, the megafauna.  The American lion; Smilodon, the saber-toothed cat; the giant sloth.  Gone the Mammoth; the mastodon; the short-faced bear; the American camel; the giant beaver, the gigantic teratornis. All lived here, once, in North America, and not that long ago.  As recently as twelve thousand years ago, they were here, grazing, or hunting, eating, mating, migrating.

And then, they disappeared.

And no-one knows why.  There are theories, of course.  There always are.  But no-one really knows.

But it’s interesting, isn’t it, that the megafaunal extinction occurred just as humans were entering this continent for the first time.

And no-one knows who they were, or when or just they got here.

I think these mysteries are fascinating.

I intend to post, from time to time, about the megafauna found here, and the peopling of the Americas.

Please join me.

 

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