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August 18, 2006



I'm no geologist, but...

Changes in the global temperature cause changes in prevailing wind and weather conditions. Areas that might once have been temperate for a mammoth might suddenly find themselves in an unusually cold pocket due to a shift in the jet stream or a build up of pack ice.

Or, with a change in temperature, the mammoth's forraging patterns would shift leading it to less friendly territory.

Or, and perhaps most plausibly, it was the will of the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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