Skip to comments.Ancient rhinos roamed the Yukon
Posted on 11/02/2019 11:13:13 AM PDT by Openurmind
In 1973, a teacher named Joan Hodgins took her students on a hike near Whitehorse in Canada's Yukon Territory. In the process, she made history for this chilly region.
While exploring the tailings left behind by a now-defunct copper mine, Hodgins and her students stumbled across a few fragments of fossils -- bits and pieces of what seemed to be teeth alongside pieces of bone.
The ancient fragments of teeth were so small and in such bad shape that "most paleontologists may not have picked them up," said Jaelyn Eberle, a curator of fossil vertebrates at the University of Colorado Boulder's Museum of Natural History.
But Hodgins did. Now, more than 40 years after the teacher's fateful hike, an international team led by Eberle used modern technology to identify the origins of those enigmatic fossils.
In a study published today, Eberle and her colleagues report that the fossil tooth fragments likely came from the jaw of a long-extinct cousin of today's rhinoceroses. This hefty animal may have tromped through the forests of Northwest Canada roughly 8 to 9 million years ago.
(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...
Ancient Rhino’s roamed the Yukon? Do they mean Jeb, and Mitt? Oh wait, that was Rhino’s, not Rino’s.
Yes. With a little more global warming we might see woolly rhinos roaming Alaska again...but, unfortunately, the Sun entered another cooling cycle.
Lots of ancient RINOs roaming congresscritter chambers too.
If you get a chance go see the LaBrea tar pits in LA to see what roamed that area a mere 12000 years ago.
Here is what I found interesting in the article...
“We know that a land bridge must have been in operation throughout much of the last 66 million years,” Eberle said. “The catch is finding fossils in the right place at the right time.”
In this case, the people at the right place and at the right time was a Yukon schoolteacher and her students.”
Wait? A passable land bridge in between glacial periods for 66 million years? Only animal species allowed but never hominids until this last one?
This is news? I read fifty years ago that across Siberia to Alaska something happened in the ancient past to cause thousands of mammoths, camels, and woolly rhinos suddenly die and were piled up in windrows in that area. It is the source of fossil ivory.
Wish I still had the book.
I’m hip to that phenomenon and catastrophic event theory. They were churned up in mass and deposited in piles.
They mention these species you mention as common finds for the area, A Rhino find is unique for the area.
Was the book “Earth in Upheaval” by Immanuel Velikovsky?
And thank you for the ping Sir.
It’ll get there but we’ll be long gone.
“Only animal species allowed but never hominids until this last one?”
I believe that there was a lot of human activity along the coastlines of the time when ocean levels were much lower than they are today. All of that is now under water.
I do too, and during the previous glaial/interglacial period also.
Not Velikovsky. I do not remember the name of the author. I do remember a map showing the extent of the deaths of the animals, from Siberia to Canada.
lol, Brine it maybe? corned Rhino?
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