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Beringia the Beginning: Bison Return From the Edge of Extinction - Ep. 5

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This title is a part of the series Bison Return From the Edge of Extinction


Catalogue Number:  SQU005
Producer:  Square Sheep Films
Subject:  Archaeology, Canadian Geography, Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Politics, Science, Social Sciences, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2021
Running Time:  38:37


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Bison first came to North America about 200,000 years ago when the Bering land bridge connected Siberia with Alaska. Bison, originally from China, migrated from Russia’s steppes to Alaska and on to the Great Plains grasslands. They were one of the few megafauna to survive the Pleistocene era. Recent DNA analysis and fossil dating have allowed evolutionary biologists and paleontologist to trace the migratory and genetic history of bison subspecies before and after the last ice age. 

Bison have a symbiotic relationship with grasslands and as grasses followed the melting edge of the last ice age sheets, bison followed. Fossils from Alberta show that the landscape was dominated by horses and mammoths before the last glaciation, and by bison after the ice receded.

Featuring: Professor Duane Froese, Dr. Alwynne Beaudoin, and Dr. Chris Jass.


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