Mammoths in Haida Gwaii
Rolf Mathewes is senior author of a new research paper that focuses on the past environment during the second-to-last glacial event on Haida Gwaii, about 57,000 years ago. Various media are most excited by the discovery of large amounts of coprophilous (dung-loving) fungal spores that are a proxy for the presence of large grazing animals (caribou, bison, mammoths or mastodons?) at that time, even though no bones have yet been discovered.
The Vancouver Sun featured a front page story titled "Mammoths may have roamed Haida Gwaii 57,000 years ago," and Global TV interviewed Rolf yesterday and ran the story during the evening News Hour.