Ice Age Mammals: What Carastrophe Overtook Them? (PA-15)
before man arrived, unusual forms of wildlife thrived in the heavily
forested areas and grassy plains of this region. Largest were the mammoths
and the mastodons. Other exotics animals included the wooly rhinoceros,
giant bison, bears, ground sloths, and beavers, tapirs and horses, and
peccaries and wild hogs. The dire wolf and probably saber tooth tigers
were among the many predators hunting these animals. These creatures lived
in Indiana during most of the past million years, but they all became
extinct by the end of glacial time.
Their remains have been found in
lakebeds and swamps that formed about 10,000 years ago. Remains of the
musk ox, caribou, moose and elk also verify that Indianas climate was
much colder at times in the past.
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