In their recent paper, “The Waco Mammoth National Monument May Represent a Diminished Watering-Hole Scenario Based on Preliminary Evidence of Post-Mortem Scavenging”, Wiest et al. (2016) have proposed a major alteration of the causative agents associated with deaths and burial of one of the largest concentrations yet known of extinct proboscideans dying from a single event. As director of the excavations for 18 years there is reason to defend the original research and postulations and offer some possibilities as to why the authors' basic premise for the resulting assemblage does not meet the criteria for a herd that succumbed to...

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