So the meteor caused the ice age. In the website Universe Today, it says “The fossil record not only shows the dinosaurs disappearing, but also numerous species of the era.” So not only the dinosaurs are extinct, but other species were too. The meteor was very destructive. The meteor that killed the dinosaurs was called the Chicxulub crater. The Chicxulub crater killed reptiles but are not extinct.
Introduction While we awake in the morning and are on our way to work or may it be late at night while we are driving we have always seen these animals around us. We also have even fallen victim to hitting them with our cars. These animals are Deer, what if I was to tell you that they had a common ancestor called the Irish elk? The Irish elk was known for its monstrous size, it has also been known to be the largest deer that has ever been documented to live in the prehistoric era. The Irish elk has been carbon dated to have lived about 7,700 years ago, it’s remains have been found in China, Siberia, Ireland, and Africa ("Irish elk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia," n.d.) .
Over the past two decades the pine forests of Western North America have experienced major changes due to the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic that began in 1995. Mountain Pine Beetles are insect parasites that use trees as their hosts in order to mate and lay eggs. After the larva becomes a beetle, the tree is killed and the next generation of beetles set out to find another pine tree and the cycle repeats. Environmentalists have proven the changes in the lifecycle of the pine beetle to be directly correlated with the adaptations of the Mountain Pine and climate change. Since the epidemic began the Mountain Pine Beetle is responsible for affecting millions of acres of forest in the western United States and over 44 million acres in British Columbia.
The article “Gray Wolf”, By Julia Smith is about information on the gray wolf. The gray wolf, also known as Canis lupus in scientific terms, are the largest wild dog species in the world. Wolves once lived in the Northern hemisphere, but due to habitat destruction and environmental change caused by humans, these animals now live in a few areas in the United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and Eurasia. In the wild, Gray Wolves can live up to 13 years though the average life span is 5 to 6 years. Most Gray wolves die from old age, and injuries they may have gotten from hunting.
The giant ground sloth or Megatherium(“giant beast”) is in the mammal classification. the extinct genus of the family Bradypodidae This animal lived from lived from about 35 million to 10,000 years ago. The main reason for the giant ground sloths extinction was the ice age. Some other reasons why this animal went extinct were, human development and hunting. Many experts believe that the giant ground sloth was a herbivore and that it fed on leaves found on low tree branches, bushes and leaves.
Red Queen, an award winning, New York Times Bestselling Novel, by Victoria Aveyard takes place in the Kingdom of Norta in 320, New Era. After a series of natural disasters nearly destroyed the North American continent and exterminated the human race hundreds of years ago, this fantasy novel takes the reader through the adventures and challenges Mare Barrow face. Hundreds of years ago with the continent left in fragments and the human race nearly gone, there was a divide. This divide was in the color of blood humans had, either red or silver. Those with silver blood possessed supernatural abilities and eventually turned what was left of North America into a monarchy where silvers ruled over reds.
Societies and cultures such as our own can only advance if we learn from previous mistakes, in this case I am talking about extinct species of wildlife. In the past, people have killed a lot of animals in large numbers as they deemed fit for things that include a stable food source, resource, and to affect other peoples as with the bison. Bolen and Robinson made excellent points on this issue about how Americans waged war on Bison as an attempt to take away the Indian’s food source and how that is why the mighty bison is so scarce today (Bolen and Robinson 10). The bison and other examples in the text are great examples of Europeans overkilling and driving species of animals to extinction for various reasons, but it is very important. If we
Polar bear endangerment The article “Melting Ice Threatens Polar Bears ' Survival” by Katie Madan is about the melting icebergs and how it is threatening the polar bears survival. The department of interiors are making a decision on putting the polar bears on the endangered species list, a study shows the Polar bears in beau fort sea region in Alaska and Canada are going to go extinct soon. The bears need there ice as a platform to hunt for their food such as seals or fish, if they cant hunt for food then they will die of starvation thus making them extinct. The population of the polar bears having been decreasing by 25 percent per year. Katie’s purpose for this article was to show people what is happening to these polar bears because of global
I know we’re in an Arctic Tundra, but there were WAY too many musk ox to be natural. At this point in time, we have seen about 60 of the things, and they are a main prey item, so either, all the large predators were hunted to extinction by the natives we came here to study, (along with the nature here) or the musk ox was VERY over bred, to the point where if a couple hundred were killed off for food or their hide, it wouldn’t matter because there are way too many! “Why did we think that wasn’t a musk ox?” asked Sunnshine, “ Do these people even exist? !” I know the University wouldn’t send us on a wild goose chase, would they? Would we die out here?
Recently scientists have found out that red wolves and eastern wolves aren’t a real species. They are just a mix of gray wolves and coyotes. Gray wolves used to live all over North America,until they got hunted till there were hardly any left and they were near extinction. Then, in 1972 a new law got made it illegal to hunt gray wolves. That law was called the Endangered Species Act.
Ill being a disease which infected the megafauna and ultimately killed them off. Kill is where humans come in and hunt down the megafauna until extinction. Finally chill is climate change, which means megafauna couldn’t handle the change in climate. Climate change is the main reason why megafauna became extinct. When megafauna were alive the climate was changing.
First they are going to eat up all the plants in the forests which “harms biological diversity of vegetation” and makes a lot of the plants in the area go extinct (White-tailed deer Overpopulation). Once the deer are finished destroying all the plant life in the forest area they need to find their food source from somewhere else. What a better place than farmland? Fields full of food. “Deer in the US eat 15 million tons of vegetation each year, which costs about $248 million in damage to crops and landscaping in the Northeast alone” (White-tailed deer Overpopulation).