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Originally posted by SkyMarshall
You must also realize that Antarctica has been moving for the last 14 million years due to plate tectonic movements. If part of the land mass was on the edge or north of the southern arctic line, then it would have just as likely had the ice melt, without needing high temperature changes.
Just a thought
The theory of Crustal Displacement states that the entire crust of the Earth can shift in one piece like the lose skin on an orange. By studying the carcasses of the woolly mammoth and rhino found in the northern regions of Siberia and Canada one can see the land these animals gazed on was suddenly shoved into a much colder climate. Their stomachs reveal food found in warm climates where they grazed just prior to their deaths. This was found frozen along with them suddenly. Thousands of animals were found to be frozen in a brief moment of geological time. Ancient maps of Antarctica suggests that it too was 'frozen over' in a brief moment in time. It has been suggested that approximately 12,000 years ago there was a displacement of the Earth's crust. The entire outer shell of the earth moved approximately 2,000 miles. When the Earth's crust shifted all of Antarctica was encapsulated by the polar zone. At the same time North American was released from the Arctic Circle and became temperate. This is based on the theory of Continental Drift - the continents of the earth have been slowly drifting apart over millions of years. This is possible because the outer crust of the Earth floats upon a semi-liquid layer.
Only a handful of of reasonably well preserved mammoths 'mummies' have been found - the vast majority of remains are just bones. They died at various times over the past few tens of thousands of the years, the most recent around 3,500 years ago. One of the best preserved died about 40,000 years ago. It's been shown that in some cases at least they died by drowning (erect penis and presence of silt in lungs) - probably as a result of falling into a mud pool, or being swept away by a river during the brief Pleistocene Arctic spring or summer. They were all well adapted to a cold, dry climate and there is some evidence to suggest that a shift to milder, wetter, weather conditions led to a population crash. They did not live in forests, but in what is named (after them) the mammoth steppe - mostly cold grasslands. Pollen from the mud in which they have been found, and remains of food in their stomachs (like most animals, elephants take more than a few minutes to fully digest their food!) show that they fed on Arctic plants commonly found at similar latitudes today.
Of course, that's the scientific opinion based on many decades of research and study of mammoth remains. What the official government position is I wouldn't have a clue. Knowing most politicians, they probably think the mammoths are giant underground moles which die on exposure to daylight