Rants and Musings About Science

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Stupid Horse! Me Crush!

Even our ancestors were assholes to the Earth! A new study shows that men may have hunted pre-historic horses until extinction.

The discovery was made by an international team of researchers, dispelling the original belief that climate change was the culprit. Nope! Good old mankind! Their results are published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"This research is exciting because it throws open the debate as to whether climate change or over-hunting may have led to the extinction of pre-historic horses in North America," said Karen Robbirt of the University of East Anglia and co-author of the study, in a press release.

The caballoid horsies roamed Alaska during the Pleistocene period -- between 1.64 million and 10,000 years ago.

During this time, glaciers covered much of North America, and it was thought that a period of extreme cooling was the cause of the ancient horses’ demise.

The researchers realized that over-hunting is a possible cause of the extinction after reexamining the fossil record from that period using new statistical methods. They found that humans existed amongst the horses and that they did not die off during the period of extreme cold. That leaves one very obvious possibility – Us!

It is not a sure thing, but seeing how we are screwing up the planet with all we know today, it’s not so hard to believe that our less informed ancestors from ‘back in the day’ kept slaughtering equines without remorse or a thought like: “Hey, Mang , you think we kill too many horses there be no more horses?” Response from Mang: “NAH!”


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