the horse was native to north
america. the fossil record shows all of the stages of its development
here. something happened near the last glacial period, that made them
disappear from our plains.
when the horse was reintroduced to
america by the spaniards in the 16th century, many escaped into the wilds.
these thrived and multiplied, until there were vast numbers. thus, we know
that the habitat was good for horses, and must look to another cause for their
man has always been smart enough to
see the advantages of having horses around. he would have captured and
domesticated them for riding stock from the beginning. hunting pressure
can be ruled out as the cause.
wolves and sabre tooth tigers may
have taken a few, but i dont think they could have made them extinct on our
continent. they lack the stamina to run them down.
it seems more reasonable to expect
that both men and horses were killed off by the same event. both could
have migrated south to be free of the glaciers.
the kill-off event hit hardest those
creatures who lived on the grasslands of the plains. this brings us to the
likelihood that the large waves of tsunamis may have been the cause. i
cant think of another event that could have caused it. massive undersea
quakes and cosmic impacts have often resulted in huge tsunamis. we know
that these rocks from space from distant
collisions can be numerous fragments. evidence of several huge tsunamis in the not
too distant past have been discovered along the coast of our northwest.
craters on land and sea disappear fairly fast. our lads have no way to
accurately date these events, but this doesnt stop them from guessing, and
misleading us. the az crater could be far younger than thought.
there may have been major impacts in the yucatan, gulf, and caribbean sea.
our southeast retains the craters and scars of hundreds of impacts. the
lands of the southwest and southeast still are covered by red clay. in the
latter, the clay is found high up the flanks of the mountains.
the west has every sign of massive
waves racing north, sweeping away everything before them, soil, rocks, trees,
and creatures. these were deposited in broken masses in the north of
alaska and siberia. we should expect to find the remains of horses and men
in those buried heaps. the western event swept clean everything west of
the appalachian mountains, and was by far the most terrible disaster to strike
america in modern geological time. the land has still not fully recovered
from it. it was so recent that the red clay has not yet been carried to
the seafloor, and no significant amount of space debris has accumulated on the
surface. the red clay of the southeast is hundreds of feet thick in some
locales. this clay may have preserved the remains of men and creatures
well enough, for a relatively accurate carbon 14 dating to be made.