Horse Sense, Whatever That Means

“Before we go on,” Bernie said, “a little controversy has broken out down below.”

“Down below?” said Lt. Stine. “What the hell are you talking about?”

“Horses,” Bernie said. “The usual story is that horses went extinct in North America around 13,000 BC, which just happens to be when the first humans came over the Bering land bridge. See where I’m headed with this?”

“Nope,” said Lt. Stine. I was with him. I remembered a perp named Bering who we’d put away some time ago, but he’d been in a backroom poker game when we nabbed him, not on a bridge. I yawned, a nice big one.

“But now it turns out there’s a countervailing view,” Bernie said.

Lt. Stine blinked a few times. That always tells me that the human brain is getting overloaded – yes, it can happen. “Bernie?” he said. “Can we get back to the knife?”

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6 Responses to “Horse Sense, Whatever That Means”

  1. Diane Brodson
    2:44 am on June 5th, 2009

    Wow – Bernie is right. One website maintains: "Fossils show that during the Ice Age horses lived on every continent except Australia. Great herds wandered throughout North and South America. Then for some unknown reason, horses disappeared from the Western Hemisphere." http://www.ponyclubvic.org.au/?Page=132

    The Wikipedia says that man may have had something to do with the disappearance: "About 15,000 years ago Equus ferus was a widespread, holarctic species. Horse bones from this time period, the late Pleistocene, are found in Europe, Eurasia, Beringia, and North America. But by 10,000 years ago, the horse became extinct in North America and rare elsewhere. The reasons for this extinction are unknown, but at least in Alaska and Yukon, it was contemporary with human arrival."

    Maybe humans were hungry!

    The things I've learned from Bernie and Chet…

    Boggles the mind!

  2. Rebecca Rice
    3:34 am on June 5th, 2009

    Hee hee hee! I love this blog!

  3. Harrison Howe
    3:36 am on June 5th, 2009

    Who doesn't? While I don't often comment, I read it faithfully every day. LOVE Chet.

  4. Lady Doodle Dog
    4:16 am on June 5th, 2009

    What's a horse again? That isn't the black and white thing that stands out in the field is it? It's the other thing?

  5. B. Stover
    4:23 am on June 5th, 2009

    Bernie should be a history professor. Except then Chet wouldn't be able to grab perps by the pant leg….Case closed.

  6. Jenifer Rosewell
    11:58 am on June 5th, 2009

    Yo, Bernie, if you get bored go visit Ron Ratkevich, another guy who loves the desert (and knows the desert well, if his academic credentials are any indication). And if that doesn't satisfy, also visit Dr. Claudia Notzke at the University of Lethbridge (they still allow dogs into Canada, right? WithOUT passports? Are there dog passports yet? There are horse passports! Yeah, really!). They will gently suggest not necessarily accepting the popular "horse extinction" story just because the fossil record is a bit, ah, spotty. In spots.

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