The Last of the Mammoths

Dwarf Mammuthus primigenius, cousin to our own Columbian mammoth.

When the pyramids were being built, there were still wooly mammoths.  A few anyway.  Probably more on earth than there are rhinoceroses NOW; today!

Keeping time in perspective is the most difficult task when talking to or writing for the public.  Way back in college I kept notebooks of correlating timelines from around the world.  I still do this to some degree but it grows too fast to be really useful.  Twenty-plus years ago I started a project in Adobe Illustrator (that alone should give some perspective of technology) to create a graphic concordance; but it was too big to handle without making it a job.  Anyway, facts like that above are very useful for keeping a perspective of time.

A few other tidbits from this interesting blog post*:

Oxford University was over 300 years old when the Aztec Empire (Mexica) was founded.”  Oxford ca. 1100 C.E., Aztec alliance 1428 – 1521 C.E.

“The last use of the guillotine was in France the same year Star Wars came out” (1977).

“When pilgrims were landing on Plymouth Rock, you could already visit what is now Santa Fe, New Mexico to stay at a hotel, eat at a restaurant and buy Native American silver.”  (Santa Fe, New Mexico founded 1610, Plymouth Colony founded 1620).


“The Ottoman Empire still existed the last time the Cubs won the World Series.”

*I use these types of “factoids” with caution as the Internet is a sketchy resource at best.  Do your research!


About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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One Response to The Last of the Mammoths

  1. Reblogged this on Paleotool's Weblog and commented:

    A small amount of perspective on TIME.

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