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# Archaeologist: A skeleton of a North American mastodon that

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Re: North American mastodon [#permalink]  13 May 2011, 03:12
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Re: North American mastodon [#permalink]  09 Feb 2012, 04:52
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IMO A.

Conclusion is - the first Eurasian settlers in North America probably came from a more distant part of Eurasia.

Argument rests on the assumption that if projectile found in mastadon doesn't match the one found in parts of Eurasia closest to North America, then projectile must be similar to found in distant parts of Eurasia.

Answer choice A attacks this assumption by stating that the projectile found in the mastodon does not resemble any that were used in Eurasia before or during the Ice Age.

IF Conclusion is -- Eurasian settlers are from farther lands of Eurasia (and thus would have projectiles not available in Eurasia)
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A says that projectile found isn't similar to projectiles used in Eurasia,
I think ,in that case, A supports/strengthens the argument, rather than weaken it. That;s what I see. CR Champs, Let me know your standpoint.
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Re: Archaeologist: A skeleton of a North American mastodon that [#permalink]  09 Feb 2012, 06:10
Must be A. All others strengthen the argument. Only A weakens by completely taking out the Eurasian factor (till the time of the Ice Age, and we are focusing on settlers within the Ice Age).

Hence A.
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Re: Archaeologist: A skeleton of a North American mastodon that [#permalink]  15 Mar 2012, 22:19
A is the clear best one amongst all
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Re: North American mastodon [#permalink]  22 Apr 2012, 07:02
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20. Archaeologist: A skeleton of a North American mastodon that became extinct at the peak of the Ice Age was recently discovered. It contains a human-made projectile dissimilar to any found in that part of Eurasia closest to North America. Thus, since Eurasians did not settle in North America until shortly before the peak of the Ice Age, the first Eurasian settlers in North America probably came from a more distant part of Eurasia.
Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the archaeologist’s argument?
ARGUMENT1: BECAUSE PROJECTILE IN NORTH AMERICAN(NA) SKELETONS DONOT RESEMBLE THE ONES FOUND IN EURASIA NEAR NA
ARGUMENT2:EURASIANS SETTLED IN NA BEFORE PEAK OF ICE AGE
CONCLUSION: EURASIAN SETTLERS IN NA WERE FROM DISTANT EURASIA
(A) The projectile found in the mastodon does not resemble any that were used in Eurasia before or during the Ice Age.
MAKES THE ARGUMENT TOTALLY INVALID BY STATING THAT SKELETONS WITH PROJECTILE WERE DISSIMILAR BECAUSE SUCH PROJECTILES WERE NOT IN USE IN EURASIA AS A WHOLE...SOUNDS GOOD
(B) The people who occupied the Eurasian area closest to North America remained nomadic throughout the Ice Age.
THOUGH THIS MIGHT MEAN THAT THESE WERE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO COULD BE FROM THE DISTANT PART OF EURASIA,IT COULD ALSO MEAN THAT THEY COULD HAVE BEEN FROM OUTSIDE EURASIA ALTOGETHER...DOUBTFUL
(C) The skeleton of a bear from the same place and time as the mastodon skeleton contains a similar projectile.
BEAR FORM SAME PLACE AND SAME TIME HAVING SIMILAR PROJECTILE MAKES SENSE AND STRNGHENS THE ARGUMENT (IF AT ALL)
(D) Other North American artifacts from the peak of the Ice Age are similar to ones from the same time found in more distant parts of Eurasia.
STRGNTHENS THE ARGUMENT THAT EURASIANS BEONGED FROM DISTANT EURASIA
(E) Climatic conditions in North America just before the Ice Age were more conducive to human habitation than were those in the part of Eurasia closest to North America at that time.
IT TALKS ABOUT THE CLIMATIC CONDITIONS OF 2 PLACES WHEN WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF EURASIANS SETTLING IN NA.

Great explanation....This clears it once and for all...
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Re: Archaeologist: A skeleton of a North American mastodon that [#permalink]  29 May 2012, 20:19
vote for B

Conclusion: "the first Eurasian settlers in North America probably came from a more distant part of Eurasia"

(B) The people who occupied the Eurasian area closest to North America remained nomadic throughout the Ice Age.

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Re: North American mastodon [#permalink]  30 May 2012, 23:33
Archaeologist: A skeleton of a North American mastodon that became extinct at the peak of the Ice Age was recently discovered. It contains a human-made projectile dissimilar to any found in that part of Eurasia closest to North America. Thus, since Eurasians did not settle in North America until shortly before the peak of the Ice Age, the first Eurasian settlers in North America probably came from a more distant part of Eurasia.
Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the archaeologist’s argument?
(A) The projectile found in the mastodon does not resemble any that were used in Eurasia before or during the Ice Age.
(B) The people who occupied the Eurasian area closest to North America remained nomadic throughout the Ice Age.
(C) The skeleton of a bear from the same place and time as the mastodon skeleton contains a similar projectile.
(D) Other North American artifacts from the peak of the Ice Age are similar to ones from the same time found in more distant parts of Eurasia.
(E) Climatic conditions in North America just before the Ice Age were more conducive to human habitation than were those in the part of Eurasia closest to North America at that time.

+1 for A .
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Re: Archaeologist: A skeleton of a North American mastodon that [#permalink]  07 Jun 2012, 02:15
(A) The projectile found in the mastodon does not resemble any that were used in Eurasia before or during the Ice Age. - Since the projectile found does not match with anything from Eurasia region, we can conclude that projectile came from some where else which is not eurasia - Weakens the arguement - Correct
(B) The people who occupied the Eurasian area closest to North America remained nomadic throughout the Ice Age. - People who occupied area near NA being nomadic would not prove anything as they might have come from distant lands as well - Strengthens the arguments to a certain level - Incorrect
(C) The skeleton of a bear from the same place and time as the mastodon skeleton contains a similar projectile. - Finding a similar projectile from a bear's skeleton proves that people who used such projectiles have come from far distances - Strengthens the arguement - Incorrect
(D) Other North American artifacts from the peak of the Ice Age are similar to ones from the same time found in more distant parts of Eurasia. - Strengthens the arguement - Incorrect
(E) Climatic conditions in North America just before the Ice Age were more conducive to human habitation than were those in the part of Eurasia closest to North America at that time. - Climatic conditions in different areas has no bearing on the people being from far away lands of eurasia - Neutral stand - Incorrect
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Re: Archaeologist: A skeleton of a North American mastodon that [#permalink]  09 Jun 2012, 09:34
A for me too..OA still missing..huh!
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