The February 16 session of the 2017 Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Speaker Series is a presentation by Dr. Duane Froese from the University of Alberta, entitled “Holocene Survival and the Final Extinction of Mainland and Island Mammoth Populations in Northwestern Canada and Alaska.”
The extinction of mammoths is the most prominent of Late Pleistocene extinctions that wiped out nearly 70% of large mammals (megafauna) from western Europe through South America about 10,000 years ago.
However, on small islands off the coast of Alaska and Siberia, populations of mammoths persisted for many thousands of years after mainland populations disappeared.
In his talk, Dr. Froese will present new research on the extinction of mammoths and other megafauna from Arctic North America and the causes of the final extinction of a population on St. Paul Island, Alaska, about 6000 years ago.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Speaker Series talks are free and open to the public. They are held every Thursday until April 27 at 11:00 a.m. in the Museum auditorium. Speaker Series talks are also available on the Museum’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/RoyalTyrrellMuseum.
Cutline: Dr. Duane Froese from the University of Alberta,will deliver his presentation entitled “Holocene Survival and the Final Extinction of Mainland and Island Mammoth Populations in Northwestern Canada and Alaska” at this week’s Speaker Series.