Recently, these two old friends returned to their university for their 25th reunion.They were still very much alike: Both were successful in their business lives.Pleistocene species of stegodon were widely dispersed throughout continental and island Southeast Asia (Louys, Curnoe & Tong, 2007), but became globally extinct by the terminal Pleistocene on both the mainland (Turvey et al., 2013) and on islands (Van den Bergh et al., 2008).Ultimate causes for their global extinction are likely multi-faceted, although it’s been proposed that continental and insular forms were adversely affected by environmental changes associated with glacial-interglacial cycles and volcanic eruptions, respectively (Louys, Curnoe & Tong, 2007; Louys, 2008; Van den Bergh et al., 2008).They both played a bit of sport, took care of their health, fitness and style, and got into self-improvement and bettering themselves physically and mentally.Despite all of this, , and they certainly weren’t the type to stay out night after night getting "crazy drunk" and having one night stands.But there was a difference: One of the men turned up alone and without a date (as usual!

Moreover, the occurrence of stegodons on islands that have never been connected to continents means they were commonly the only large- or medium-sized mammals to inhabit these until the later arrival of anatomically modern humans.Stegodons are a commonly recovered extinct proboscidean (elephants and allies) from the Pleistocene record of Southeast Asian oceanic islands.Estimates on when stegodons arrived on individual islands and the timings of their extinctions are poorly constrained due to few reported direct geochronological analyses of their remains.In fact, both had even moved up steadily through the ranks of top engineering firms in the country.They still loved many of the same intellectual pursuits and hobbies, and hadn’t been out to a seedy, loud nightclub in decades.

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