Pleistocene Park: Return of the Mammoth's Ecosystem

  title={Pleistocene Park: Return of the Mammoth's Ecosystem},
  author={Sergey Zimov},
  pages={796 - 798}
  • S. Zimov
  • Published 6 May 2005
  • Environmental Science
  • Science
About 10,000 years ago, when the million-year-long Pleistocene epoch gave way to the ongoing Holocene epoch, much of the world's ecosystems changed. In what is now northern Siberia, vast numbers of large animals, among them mammoths, woolly rhinoceroses, and yaks, both thrived on and nurtured the steppes that, compared to other northern regions of the world, remained relatively unscathed from the repeated advances and retreats of ice sheets. Even so, the steppes there gave way to silt, dust… 
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