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Science Pop-Up Talks - What Happened To the Mammoths? Exploring the Cause of North America's Most Recent Mass Extinction
By Professor Todd Surovell, University of Wyoming For most of the last two million years, North America was home to more than 40 species of large animals, like mammoths, mastodons, camels, and ground sloths. These megafauna suffered a rapid extinction only 13,000 years ago at a time when the planet’s climate was warming, ecological communities were undergoing significant changes, and humans first appeared on the continent. Disentangling the causes of this mass extinction event has been complicated and contentious to say the least. In this talk, I will provide a personal narrative of my experience with the overkill hypothesis, and how I came to believe that if humans had never migrated to the New World, mammoths would still be roaming the continent today. Todd A. Surovell is a Professor and Department Head of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. He is a former Director of the George C. Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. He received a B.A. in Anthropology and Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995 and an M.A. (1998) and Ph.D. (2003) from the University of Arizona. Although most of his fieldwork has been in Wyoming and Colorado, he has worked throughout the American West and in Israel and Denmark. From 2012 to 2017, he completed a five-year ethnoarchaeological project with Dukha reindeer herders in northern Mongolia. Over a ten-year period, he excavated Barger Gulch, Locality B, a Folsom site in Middle Park, Colorado, and is currently focusing his efforts on the La Prele Mammoth site, a Clovis kill and campsite in Converse County, Wyoming. He has published more than 55 articles on Paleoindian archaeology, lithic technology, geoarchaeology, Pleistocene extinctions, ethnoarchaeology, and other topics. He is also the author of a book on the economics of stone tool use titled Toward a Behavioral Ecology of Lithic Technology. Originally from northern Virginia, he feels at home in the high plains and mountains of Wyoming where he has now lived for 17 years.
Event Type : Study Groups      
Category : Science Pop-Up Talks
Date(s) : 02/25/2021
Day of Week : Thursday
Time : 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Location : Online
Instructor : Varied, see description
Fee : $10.00
Event Status : COMPLETED