Woolly Mammoths and Rhinos Ate Flowers
|The Arctic had much more diverse flora than previously thought during the Pleistocene Era|
Credit: Mauricio Anton
Woolly mammoths, rhinos and other ice age beasts may have munched on high-protein wildflowers called forbs, new research suggests.
And far from living in a monotonous grassland, the mega-beasts inhabited a colorful Arctic landscape filled with flowering plants and diverse vegetation, the study researchers found.
The new research “paints a different picture of the Arctic,” thousands of years ago, said study co-author Joseph Craine, an ecosystem ecologist at Kansas State University. “It makes us rethink how the vegetation looked and how those animals thrived on the landscape.”
The ancient ecosystem was detailed today (Feb. 5) in the journal Nature.
In the past, scientists imagined that the now-vast Arctic tundra
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