Scientists reveal prehistoric animal lived some 2,000 years after ‘extinction’

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What new Evidence is Revealing

It is believed that the Irish Elk became extinct about 11,000 years ago. New findings bring this date much closer with a new excavation that reveals a new date from 4,000 to 6,000 years ago. This is extraordinary considering that the Great Pyramids were built in 2584 B.C. It is believed that they made their last stand in western Siberia, some three thousand years after the last glaciation period. This isn’t the only megafauna that survived longer than thought. The last mammoth stronghold was on a tiny island in the north of Arctic Siberia just some 3,600 years ago.

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 The Irish Elk Survived Much

Longer Than Thought

These very distinctive animals known as the Irish Elk, were massive creatures, standing 7ft (2 meters) tall and had antlers up to 10 ft (up to 3.5 meters) wide, they been thought to have all died out at around the time of the end of last Ice Age about 10,300 years ago.

They first appeared 400,000 years ago and were common in Ireland, Britain, and mainland Europe and Asia. However now new data suggests not only did they live longer than that, but also survived and thrived in Siberia in the Holocene Era, about 9,000 years ago, much more recent than anyone could have imagined.


The Last Stand was in Western Siberia

Through a combination of radiocarbon dating of skeletal remains and the mapping of locations where the remains were unearthed, a team led by Dr Kuzmin  shows the Irish elk were widespread across Europe before the last “big freeze.” The deer’s range later shrank to the Ural Mountains, in modern-day Russia, which separate Europe from Asia.

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More Unexpected Results could be Revealed

In 2004, a British-Russian team of scientists analysed the remains of a deer found in 1886, about 130km east of Ekaterinburg in the Trans-Urals region, and said they believed this animal dated back to 7,500 years. This unexpected result was later published in Nature by A.J. Stuart and co-authors.

Now examinations of other bones and fossils found in Siberia have confirmed that theory and revealed that the Irish Elk survived long after the Ice Age far from its European home.

Among the remains found over the past 15 years are: 1) fragment of antler discovered at the Sopka 2 ancient cemetery in Baraba steppe, in Western Siberia, and 2) a complete upper jaw with teeth in a burial ground called Preobrazhenka 6 in the same region. The main cultural remains from these sites are associated with the Bronze Age which is dated to no older than about 4500 years ago.





5 thoughts on “Scientists reveal prehistoric animal lived some 2,000 years after ‘extinction’

  1. This is fascinating. Stephen Jay Gould did an article on the Irish Elk in his book Ever Since Darwin, where he talks about how the Elk was used as a test case for the Christian model of creation. Why would God create an animal and then let it go extinct, the believers reasoned. Therefore the elk still had to be around! In his strange little ‘Philosophy’, Fealsúnacht Aoidh Mhic Dhomhnaill, Aodh argued that the cearbhfhia (as he called it in Irish) showed a different lesson about evolution, that everything was bigger and better in the past and we are just pygmies in the ruins! Who knows, I think Aodh may have been right!

    1. I don’t know if you believe in God, but I do! I’ve been to a lecture by Stephen Jay Gould in LA many years ago. I was studying Anthropology and finishing up my degree in Architecture. But I also believe in evolution as well. See I read Genesis as well as the book of Moses. It was revealed to me when I walking as a Mormon the truthfulness of God’s word. He created evolution, not in the way we think of it but his way. I really enjoyed Stephen’s lecture, see even through his word as an agnostic it can clearly be seen that there is such a thing as grand design and he saw it as well. Why? Because I got to question him and his beliefs. If there is such a thing as grand design then it can be rationalized that there is a God. Anyway I had to get that off my chest. Thanks for liking the post.

  2. Hi, Actually I don’t, at least not in the sense in which most religious people believe in a God, although I dislike dogmatic and narrow-minded people regardless of their viewpoints. I had noticed the religious element in your posts although your blog is remarkably wide-ranging and not at all preachy, so I enjoy it and have learned a lot! It’s not widely known, but Gould had his spats with other evolutionary biologists, including Richard Dawkins. For me, the great thing about his work was his love of people. He was a true humanist who did not reduce people to bundles of genes and I was especially struck by his Mismeasure of Man, where he attacks biological determinism and the eugenic attitudes of many scientists who regarded themselves as champions of progress while supporting sterilisation programmes. He wrote an amazing piece on Carrie Buck, a poor woman with a love of crossword puzzles whose only ‘crime’ was to be raped and fall pregnant who was compulsorily sterilised with the words ‘Three generations of imbeciles is enough.’ Thanks for the blog. I’ll continue to follow it with interest! 🙂

    1. I’m glad you understand and respect my viewpoint, most don’t. I’m constantly reading and researching, what I find most amazing is the incredible evidence for a creator. Did you know that Sanskrit and Periodical table line up with each other. Before the periodical table was ever created Sanskrit shared an understanding of the basic elements. So the plausibility of a “Big Bang Theory” is a good. If words are power which I believe they are, then words truly do have power. Thanks for an interesting comment.

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