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    Why is C the correct answer?

    Hi, I solved a reading, related to a TOEFL test. I attached the picture of the question and the related paragraphs of the reading. I cannot understand why the correct answer is C, while I think it is D. Would you please explain it to me. Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Why the correct answer is C?

    The resolution of the photo is too low. I can't read it.
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    Re: Why the correct answer is C?

    I have a high resolution picture in my computer, but I change into how while attaching!! Why? I tried again but I could not fix it.

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    Re: Why the correct answer is C?

    There's a limit to file size- your original may hit the limit. Could you paste the text and the question (giving the source)?

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    Re: Why the correct answer is C?

    While you're fixing that, you might want to fix the word order in your title. It should read "Why is the correct answer C?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Why the correct answer is C?

    I wrote the question not a picture. Please explain why C is correct and not D?

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    In contrast, Paul Colinvaux has offered a counterargument based on the analysis of pollen in lake sediments dating to the last ice age. He found that the amount of pollen recovered in these sediments is so low that the Beringian landscape during the peak of the last glaciation was more likely to have been what the termed a “polar desert,” with little or only sparse vegetation, in no way was it possible that this region could have supported large herds of mammals and thus, human hunters. Guthrie has argued against this view by pointing out that radiocarbon analysis of mammoth, horse, and bison bones from Beringian deposits revealed that the bones date to the period of most intense glaciation.

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    According to above paragraph, how did Dale Guthrie use the information about radiocarbon analysis of bones from Benngian deposits?
    A) To suggest that Colinvaux should have used different methods to measure the amount of pollen in ice-age lake sediments
    B) To argue that the large Beringian mammals must have eaten plants that produce little, if any, pollen.
    C) To show that the conclusions that Colinvaux drew from that analysis of pollen in ice-age lake sediments cannot be correct
    D) To explain why so-called poplar deserts are incapable of supporting such large animals as mammoth, horse, and bison

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    Re: Why the correct answer is C?

    The final sentence in the quotation describes Guthrie's argument that analysis of large mammal bones shows the animals lived in the region when it was most highly glaciated. He doesn't discuss whether polar deserts (note the correct spelling) can support large animals -- though the reader should notice that these large animals were present in the region when it was a polar desert.
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