Extinction: A Question of Adaptation (Where did all the Elephants Go?)

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
12:00 pm
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Saratoga Springs Public Library
Henry Street
City of Saratoga Springs
New York
H. Dutcher Community Room
No registration required

Tom Lake, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program’s Consulting Naturalist, explains how past episodes of climate change led to the demise and extinction of large land mammals and other wildlife.

The most recent extinction event, the Laurentide Ice Sheet, covered Saratoga Springs with 10,000 feet of ice, the last of eight known Ice Ages. Lake will discuss how and why we lost Hudson Valley animals via extinction such as the stag-moose, mastodon, mammoth, giant beaver, ground sloth, and flat-headed peccary, and then others like woodland caribou and American elk via extirpation.