Re: The wild in the City

07/04/21 - posted by Angus Macfarlane

Coyotes? Pish. Once upon a time (and not in the fairy tale sense of the term) about 20,000 years ago, the Bay Area was the mammalian version of Jurassic Park--let's call it "Pleistocene Park" when mammoths, mastodons, and carnivorous mega fauna prowled the landscape. Since the polar glaciers had locked up a significant percentage of the world's water, ocean levels were 300-400 feet lower than now, meaning it was dry land beyond the Farallon Islands.

Check out this link by a noted archeologist for a glimpse into a past where coyotes would be saber-tooth tiger poop.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/22491/files/the_california_serengetti_pleistocene_paleoecology_of_san_francisco_bay.pdf

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