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Originally posted by bphi1908
The book was Notes on the State of Virginia by Thomas Jefferson written in 1781, so yes it is an old book.
And with the re-discovery of the coelacanth, recent footage of what appears to be a Tasmanian Tiger, the possibility has to exist that these animals are still alive or at the very least a more recently extinct animal.
I am a little skeptical of this myself but how cool would that be to see a mammoth in the wild?
A Mr. Stanley, taken prisoner by the Indians near the mouth of the Tanissee, relates, that, after being transferred through several tribes, from one to another, he was at length carried over the mountains west of the Missouri to a river which runs westwardly; that these bones abounded there; and that the natives described to him the animal to which they belonged as still existing in the northern parts of their country; from which description he judged it to be an elephant. Bones of the same kind have been lately found, some feet below the surface of the earth, in salines opened on the North Holston, a branch of the Tanissee,
Instances are mentioned of like animal remains found in the more southern climates of both hemispheres; but they are either so loosely mentioned as to leave a doubt of the fact, so inaccurately described as not to authorize the classing them with the great northern bones, or so rare as to found a suspicion that they have been carried thither as curiosities from more northern regions. So that on the whole there seem to be no certain vestiges of the existence of this animal further south than the salines last mentioned.
So, in your opinions, do you think that the woolly mammoth may have survived a LOT longer that was previously thought? If this book is to be believed these animals were still living at the time of publication in 1781
A small population of woolly mammoths survived on St. Paul Island, Alaska, until 3,750 BC, while another remained on Wrangel Island, located in the Arctic Ocean, until 1700 BC. Possibly due to their limited food supply, these animals were a dwarf variety, thus much smaller than the original Pleistocene woolly mammoth. However, the Wrangel Island mammoths should not be confused with the Channel Islands pygmy mammoth, Mammuthus exilis, which was a different species.