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There Were Elephants All Over the World — Until Humans Killed Them

Theories of what happened

Illustration of Elephant from Zoological lectures delivered at the Royal institution in the years 1806–7 illustrated by George Shaw (1751–1813). Original from The New York Public Library. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

Have you heard about the elephants that roam around the redwood forests of California? Of course you haven’t. They aren’t there.

Apparently, not too far back in time (on geologic time scales), Elephants and their close relatives were kicking it in California. And most of the North…

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