The descendants of the people who exterminated the Woolly mammoths would, many generations later, encounter the tusks and skulls of mammoths sometimes emerging from the thawing permafrost and melting glaciers. They would see these things and puzzle on them, completely unaware at what they were looking. Many such populations settled on the story that these were the skulls of giant cyclopean beasts who burrowed through the earth with those giant tusks. (The nasal cavity for the trunks they mistook for a giant eye socket.) These miscreants had no idea at all that they had utterly exterminated an entire genera that had once supplied them with food, with clothing, with building materials, with ivory for art, etc. They just gaped at the enormous skeletal artifacts in complete ignorance.
If the average American moron even looks at the skies at night (I doubt many do), then they would be left to assume that the sky either has no stars at all, or that there are only a dozen or so in the heavens.
Yes, I have seen the skies at night with little light pollution. It is a sobering thing to behold.
|Night sky above Firehole Lake, Yellowstone National Park. Photo courtesy NPS.|