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Frozen Bison

8 November 2014

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-11/sovp-c9y102714.php … a steppe bison has been found in eastern Siberia, in a frozen state. It is almost intact and has a complete brain, heart, blood vessels, and a digestive system – although some of the internal organs have shrunk over time. There was no obvious cause of death but some researchers are already explaining the unusual nature of the find away as the animal dying of starvation – yet was was it frozen intact. The same story can be found at http://phys.org/print334489015.html … where it says such animals mostly went extinct at the end of the Ice Age (they seem to mean the end of the Pleistocene rather than the end of the Late Glacial Maximum). This occurred roughly at 11000 years ago but the frozen bison has been dated to just 9300 years ago – so what does this mean? Is it related to the species of European bison that survived into the recent modern world – or was it a specimen of Pleistocene fauna?

At http://phys.org/print334518120.html … a man in Argentina has dug up the bones of a Mastodon in his backyard garden. It is in an area rich with mastodon remains.

At http://phys.org/print334487969.html … a fossil miniature horse has been found in Germany. It includes the fossilised  fetus, uterus and other tissue belonging to the animal – so is an important find. However, it dates from way back in the Eocene, 47 million years ago.

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