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Thousands of Late Pleistocene animals in a deep cave in Wyoming

25 July 2014

At http://phys.org/print325391913.html … how did they all get there is the big question. The bones of tens of thousands of animals are piled at the bottom of what is a sinkhole rather than just a cave. Did they fall down into the abyss accidentally or were they chasing another animal, looking for a meal – or were they washed inside by a great wave of water.

   The cave is 85 feet deep and it is thought that over the course of many thousands of years many animals were daft enough to fall into it – including mammoths, bears, lions and cheetahs. Possible, given enough time, but an unremarkable explanation, one that avoids treading on toes. The proof will emerge, we might suppose, as they are talking about the last Ice Age. Were they buried in one lump – or over the course of a long period of time. Indeed, it is estimated some of them will turn out to be over 100,000 years of age. In spite of that the deposit is remarkable for another reason – it is a mound of dirt and rock containing layer upon layer of animal bones situation on the floor of the cave, a mound that is 120 feet wide. Where did all the mud and rocks come from – were they also washed into the cave. It all depends if you are wearing a uniformitarian lens or a catastrophist hat. The research is intended to try and find out information concerning the Pleistocene extinctions, among other things.

Last year, at http://phys.org/print286644724.html … another mystery of lots of animals in a cave was reported, this time from Spain. Likewise, there were a lot of carnivores in this cave – and it was described as a carnivore trap. However, it is also recognised that flooding was involved and water temporary filled the cavity and buried remains in different articulation stages.

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