Mammoths

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  1. ramonmercado

    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    Will you help Hancock's heroic attempt to solve the Mammoth mystery?

    Graham Hancock Wants Your Help Proving Alaskan Mammoths Died in One Massive Catastrophe
    8/30/2017 40 Comments

    Just days after recovering from a life-threatening seizure and coma, alternative history researcher Graham Hancock put out a call to crowdsource research for a forthcoming book. Hancock asked his fans to help him research the question of whether wooly mammoths faced a catastrophic extinction event in Alaska at the end of the Ice Age. Hancock is particularly interested in the work of Frank Hibben and Froelich Rainey from the 1930s and 1940s, and the articles that he cites sounded familiar to me. It turns out there was a good reason for that. The sources Hancock uses are the same ones that creationists have spent the better part of half a century using to allege that the mammoths were “flash frozen” by a catastrophic change in temperature. I explored those claims last year (here and here), but Hancock has now offered a slightly more sophisticated version of the earlier claim in defense of his current hobbyhorse, that a comet slammed into the Earth at the end of the Younger Dryas, destroying Atlantis.

    Hancock has long been interested in flash-frozen mammoths. The story appears in Fingerprints of the Gods (1995), where Hancock first used it as evidence of a sudden and catastrophic “pole shift” that froze the mammoths in the space of an hour or two as the entire Earth’s crust slipped over the planet’s surface.

    The story of the flash-frozen mammoths goes back a long way, before it was even a part of creationist and fringe history lore. It began with jokes about Alaskan restaurants serving mammoth steaks, derived, ultimately, from a Russian account of what happened when the Berskova mammoth was unearthed in Siberia in 1901. As a 1929 investigation showed, the flesh at first seemed fresh, but after thawing smelled so bad that only the sled dogs would eat it. The only scientist to try the meat immediately became violently ill. Nevertheless, anti-imperial propagandists painted a portrait of the Tsar himself dining on mammoth steaks and prehistoric grains in a decadent feast of extinct foods. ...

    http://www.jasoncolavito.com/blog/g...skan-mammoths-died-in-one-massive-catastrophe
     
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  2. Jim

    Jim Ephemeral Spectre

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    O take a lot of what John Hancock says with a grain of salt
     
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  3. hunck

    hunck Justified & Ancient

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    Er...No.

    According to this article, mammoths were on Wrangel Island in the Russian Arctic 4,300 years ago.

     
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  4. JamesWhitehead

    JamesWhitehead Piffle Prospector

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    He told you that was his name? :omg:
     
  5. MetroGnome

    MetroGnome Junior Acolyte

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    As far as I can work out, Hancock is a loon.
     
  6. blessmycottonsocks

    blessmycottonsocks Abominable Snowman

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    I bought his 'Flooded Kingdoms' book and found that well researched and compelling. Much of his other theories are far too deeply buried in pseudo- science.
    Given the evidence for mammoths having survived (albeit at the cost of reduced size) until possibly the 2nd millennium BC, this theory sounds like a non-starter.
     
  7. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    He's a very clever loon.
     

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