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  • mike white
    May 16 8:04 AM
         the american bison is a bit of a mystery, at least to me.  unless i'm mistaken, the bison qualifies as a megafauna.  it seems odd that it survived, when all of the other megafauna of the plains perished.  the bison appears to be an archaic species of cattle. 
         there is reason to think that the mammoth, also persisted well beyond the tsunami event that swept the other megafauna to their deaths.  remains found of them in the upper midwest and in the southeast, attest to this.  the range of the mammoth is more diverse, and they are good swimmers.  some of them may have been high in the mountains when the tsunami passed thru.  there is reason to think that the disaster struck the west more than the east. 
         phylos the thibetan spoke of the bison.  he was very upset at the slaughter of these noble beasts in the 19th century.  he claimed that the atlanteans were responsible for preserving the existence of the great herds.  they had farms or ranches on the east side of the mississippi river.  its possible that the tsunami event occurred when they were at the northern portion of their migration. 
         the great tsunami probably swept the trees and top soil away from the great plains.  the migrations of the great herds of bison prevented anything but grass from taking hold.  the lack of topsoil made conditions that led to the dust storms of the 1930s, when tractors were put to widespread use. 
         it remains a puzzle why the horse went extinct in the americas.  fossils show that the horse originated in the americas, with all of the stages of its evolution found here.  conditions remained favorable for the horse after the megafauna disaster.  one might have expected that the mexicans or the moundbuilders would have preserved a creature as useful as the horse. 
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