Airing On Monday
July 17th 2017
10:00 am eastern, 9:00 am central and 7:00 am pacific
On Natures Talk Shows Fine Art of Paleontology our hosts will be discussing the Elephants early ancestors.Fifty to 60 million years ago, the prehistoric ancestors of elephants roamed every land mass in the world except Australia and Antarctica. Today, all but two members of the Elephantidae family of the order Probiscidea, meaning animals with trunks, have survived — African and Asian elephants. For long periods of history, humans coexisted on the planet with mastodons, mammoths and some of the more primitive relatives of modern-day elephants. Many paleontologists believe that over-hunting could have contributed to the disappearance of some species that might otherwise have been able to recover after the Ice Age of about 11,000 years ago, when almost all North American mammals weighing more than 100 pounds became extinct.