Reuters reported a startling scientific find on Wednesday that certainly brings into question the current hysteria surrounding global warming (hat tip to Drudge): “Climate shifts were probably responsible for the extinction of the mammoth and other species more than 10,000 years ago, not over-hunting by humans, according to new research published on Wednesday.”
How does this fit into the global warming debate? Well, according to Dr. Dale Guthrie of the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, “‘The new patterns of dates indicate a radical ecological sorting during a uniquely forage-rich transitional period, affecting all large mammals, including humans.’"
And what happened during this "ecological sorting": “…climate shifts transformed the dry, arid and cold region. The wetter, warmer summers led to changes in vegetation to which mammoths and wild horses could not adapt.”
So, let’s put this all together. Ten thousand years before the industrial revolution and all the awful things it wrought including combustion engines, parts of the earth just got wetter and warmer? And man didn’t cause this?
Hmmm. Makes one wonder if TIME and Newsweek are going to do huge cover stories on this discovery. Errrr…maybe not.