This is an amazing article. Congratulations on some genuinely exploratory scientific work. I have heard countless times that the dinosaurs disappeared about 60 million years ago and the mammoths about 10,000 years ago. Not even the documentaries on German TV (which are arguably just as good as the British and the American) have ever corrected the 10,000 number. It is curious that people who seek to popularize science have not, apparently, heard of the Wrangel Island survivors from the tragedy of 10,000 years ago.
There is one further large group of now extinct animals that disappeared long ago, as humans turned up: the flightless birds of the Pacific islands, numbering about 1,300 species. Ancient sea-farers turned up and decimated most of them between 3,500 and 700 years ago, the remainder being eliminated during the period of European colonialism.
Peter_G_Moll - 2022 06 17