Ex­tinc­tion of Al­berta’s ice age horses topic of Speaker Se­ries

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Sub­mit­ted The Drumheller Mail

The April 5 ses­sion of the 2018 Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum of Palaeon­tol­ogy’s Speaker Se­ries is a pre­sen­ta­tion by Dr. Christina Bar­ron-Or­tiz, Royal Al­berta Mu­seum, en­ti­tled, “The Ex­tinc­tion of Al­berta’s Ice Age Horses.”

The re­mains of an­cient horses are rel­a­tively com­mon in the Ice Age record of Al­berta. These re­mains are of­ten frag­men­tary, but some nearly com­plete spec­i­mens have been found. Some of the most com­plete Ice Age horse skele­tons in North Amer­ica were col­lected in Al­berta. Most of the re­mains are ap­prox­i­mately 11,000 to 100,000 years old, a time in- ter­val that cor­re­sponds to the last glacial stage. This makes them par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for un­der­stand­ing how cli­matic and en­vi­ron­men­tal changes at the end of the Ice Age af­fected pop­u­la­tions of these an­i­mals.

In this pre­sen­ta­tion, Dr. Bar­ron-Or­tiz will dis­cuss re­search she and her col­leagues have un­der­taken to un­der­stand how these an­cient horses lived, and how en­vi­ron­men­tal and cli­matic changes may have con­trib­uted to their ex­tinc­tion 11,000 years ago.

The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s Speaker Se­ries talks are free and open to the pub­lic. The se­ries is held every Thurs­day un­til April 26 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mu­seum au­di­to­rium.

Dr. Christina Bar­ron-Or­tiz of the Royal Al­berta Mu­seum, will be de­liv­er­ing a talk called “The Ex­tinc­tion of Al­berta’s Ice Age Horses.”

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