Last one out of the Kinjaverse, turn out the lights.
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Otters Oddities

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"It's ironic, because I'm extinct." - Hipster Mammoth

Something about this picture makes me happy. Maybe because it combines 'hipster' and 'extinct' in one sentence.


But first, yesterdays answer. Since I am writing this post on Saturday, I'm just going to assume you all got it right. I was, in fact......TELLING THE TRUTH!

Humans do have the two genes I mentioned. And if they ever figure out how to trigger them, deep space flight may become possible.


Oh, and that preview picture from yesterday? Did you figure out what it was? it was a microscopic close up of mammoth hair.

Mammoths were not giant, furry elephants. They are related to them, but we're related to Homo Habilis, so there you go. Mammoths are also not the same as a mastodon. Again, related, but not the same. Mastodons lived in North America, and mammoths lived in Eurasia.


But, that's not the only difference. And another of those differences is the subject of todays oddity.

Mammoths were part of a group of animals called Mega-Fauna. Mega-fauna were gigantic animals that lived in fairly recent times, coinciding with humans. We still have examples of mega-fauna today in elephants, giraffes, rhinos and hippos.


but in the past, mega-fauna included flightless birds, ground sloths, armadillos. Imagine an armadillo so large it could look into your second floor bedroom window and peep on you changing clothes. (armadillos are well known to be the perverts of the animal kingdom)

The majority of the worlds mega-fauna died out at the beginning of the last ice age. Also, because early humans discovered that they tasted good. Mammoths and mastodons were suited for the ice age, though, and they didn't die out until 10,000 years ago when the current glacial recession started and humans finally ate them all.


Ok. This is a boring oddity. Animals lived, then they died. Nothing odd about that.


Let's make a side trip to Egypt. in 2500 BCE, the great pyramid of Giza was being constructed. That's 4,500 years ago.


What's my point?

Let's take a side trip to Wrangel Island, up in the Arctic Sea, off the coast of Siberia. There was a herd of about 1,000 mammoths living there, isolated from the mainland. While all their contemporaries died off about 10,000 years ago, since this herd was isolated and didn't have humans around to hunt them, they survived until 2,000 BCE, or, 4,000 years ago.


If you do the math, that means, there were still mammoths walking the Earth while the Egyptians were building the pyramids.

*poof* Mind: Blown.

*Authors Note*

Scientists discovered a 60,000 year old mammoth in Siberia that still has well preserved muscles, and actual blood that flowed in it's veins when thawed. They hope to clone a mammoth to see what they taste like. If it's good, look for a Taco Mammoth to open up in your neighborhood.

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