Giant Beavers

16 May 2019

At ... giant beavers once roamed North America, alongside woolly mammoths and giant sloths. They all disappeared at the end of the Pleistocene. These beavers did not munch and crunch on wood (trees and saplings) but thier diet, instead, consisted of aquatic plants. We might wonder if these aquatic plants were themselves giants in order to accommodate giant diets. It is thought their food source would have disappeared at the end of the Ice Age (as the climate of North America became warmer). This is thought to be one reason why they disappeared - vanished from the landscape. On the other hand, if catastrophism was the root cause of the end of the Ice Age (and the late Pleistocene climate shifts) other options come into play - sadly not part of the song sheet. We are also told, by a researcher from Argentina, the American megafauna (both South and North) was eradicated by human hunters - as humans entered the Americas as the Late Glacial Maximum came to a close. Evidence of human hunting (a dastardly deed it would seem) has been proven by the discovery of a stone tool amongst the bones of a giant sloth. Seems like any excuse or explanation is preferable to facing up to the fact that rapid climate change is a hallmark of catastrophism.