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A park in the Netherlands that recreates the Pleistocene
"In the Oostvaardersplassen, a wildlife preserve in the Netherlands, the Pleistocene lives again. Herds of wild horses and cattle roam the region, just as they might have - along with woolly mammoths - 20 thousand years ago.

What's interesting about the Oostvaardersplassen is what it reveals about how herds of wild herbivores can change a biosphere. While many "wild" regions in Europe are forested today, that's probably not how they would have looked during the Pleistocene when herds of wild horses, bison, and megafauna roamed the lands. These creatures range over many miles, chomping on the vegetation, which results in a landscape like the one you see in these images - full of grassy regions, punctuated by copses of trees."
pleistocene  animals  landscape  biospheres  oostvaardersplassen  nature  wildlife  wildlifepreserves  europe  netherlands  horses  cattle  recreation  via:blackbeltjones 
august 2010 by robertogreco

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