Caussey's Corner

Caussey’s Corner: Plants are Our Friends From Ancient Times to Now

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Since the earliest days of creation, plants have made major contributions to the development of humankind, more so than animals.

They have witnessed the dawn of time and marched in lockstep with humans from the very beginning. Changing and adapting to survive. Helping to choreograph thousands of years of history, while continuing their existence as testaments to those historical occurrences.

Most of the giant mammals had died off by 10,000 BC. Great societies became grain harvesters rather than remain wandering meat eaters.

Between 10,000 and 13,000 years ago giant megafauna mammals became extinct across the earth. These creatures had a body mass over 97 lbs. There were giant sloths, and camels ten foot high at the shoulders (Titanotylopus). Also musk ox (Bootherium), giant hippos, giant beavers (Glyptotherium), and Mammoth elephants that had roamed the earth for tens of millions of years. There was one bird (Teratornithidae) the size of a Piper Cub.

Even the gigantic carnivores like lions (Smilodon, Homotherium) vanished in the blink of a cosmic eye. Over 33 different genre of mammals in North America alone disappeared from the pages of evolution. Only their skeletal remains bear testimony to their once existence. The Red Fir of Norway may be the last living organism to witness this great die-off.

Caussey's Corner: Plants are Our Friends From Ancient Times to Now
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What caused the great die off? Humans hunted these beasts to extinction. If we are not careful and become better stewards of the Creation, all plants will be become extinct or sickly alternates, just as the giant mammals.

On August 6, 1945 at 8:15 a.m., what started as a typical day in the Japanese city of Hiroshima would live as a memorial to the destructive capability of humans. There near the Honkawa River an atomic bomb was dropped on the city. Ground temperature at the impact point may have reached as high as 10, 800 degrees F. A temperature so hot that some people were vaporized, leaving only their shadows on nearby walls and sidewalks to bear witness to their once presence.

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