The end of the mammoths is the topic of today's (Feb. 16) Speakers Series lecture at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.
Dr. Duane Froese from the University of Alberta titles his talk: 'Holocene Survival and the Final Extinction of Mainland and Island Mammoth Populations in Northwestern Canada and Alaska.'
The extinction of mammoths is the most prominent of Late Pleistocene extinctions that wiped out nearly 70 perr cent of large mammals from western Europe through South America about 10,000 years ago.
However, on small islands off the coast of Alaska and Siberia, populations of mammoths persisted for many thousands of years after mainland populations disappeared. In his talk, Dr. Froese will present new research on the extinction of mammoths and other megafauna from Arctic North America and the causes of the final extinction of a population on St. Paul Island, Alaska, about 6000 years ago.
Today's lecture gets underway at 11:00 a.m. in the Tyrrell auditorium. Admission is free.