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Site of Signifigant Archeological Find - American Mammoths, Amarillo, Texas Historical Marker

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Site of Signifigant Archeological Find - American Mammoths, Amarillo, Texas Historical Marker
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When this Santa Fe Railway general office building was erected in 1928, the remains of a mammoth were excavated from the basement and were placed in the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas. The extinct American mammoths were closely related to the modern elephants of Africa and Asia. They migrated from Asia into America early in the Pleistocene Epoch, or Ice Ages, more than 1,000,000 years ago. They thrived on this continent until the end of that epoch, when they disappeared, along with many other ice age animals such as the giant bison ground sloth, horse, camel, and other lesser animals. The causes of this extinction are still being investigated. There were several species of mammoths, some of them much larger than modern elephants. Remains of mammoths are so abundant in Pleistocene deposits of the Texas Panhandle that they serve as "Index Fossils" for beds of that age. Early inhabitants of North America, such as men of the Clovis Culture (circa 12,000 to 15,000 years ago), pursued the mammoth as a means of subsistence. Preservation of history is a policy of the Santa Fe Railway System. See exhibit, foyer of this building. (1966)

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WHAT'S GOING ON HERE??? Stegosaurs went extinct 75 million years before the temple was built, right?

Google "Angkor Wat" and "dinosaur" for some *ahem* interesting theories. A close look indicates that this critter is unlikely to be a recent addition or alteration. Some have suggested that it's not a dinosaur but some other large animal standing in front of a tree. Note that none of the other animals shown in this carving are in front of trees, but whatever.

Chimpanzee Depression
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I enjoy zoos, but visiting the chimpanzees always makes me a little sad. I always get the feeling that they're much too intelligent not to understand that they're prisoners for our amusement.

I'm not meaning to go all PETA here, or "Free Willy" if you will, but there's something very degrading with the whole experience: Watching these magnificent animals play out all their frustrations in public, just to have the spectators laugh at them. (I imagine that what we laugh of, is the fact that we recognize ourselves in them. But that doesn't make the experience any less degrading for the chimpanzees themselves).

This chimp looked depressed. Now, I don't know if chimpanzees can be depressed or if that's what this pose is about at all. But this one kind of looks what I felt when watching it.

I'm starting to feel that we should say no to large primates in zoos, had it not been for the fact that they'd probably become extinct if left all to themselves in the wild.

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