VERO BEACH — Local amateur fossil collector James Kennedy appears to have made an unprecedented archaeological discovery that might help
confirm a human presence here up to 13,000 years ago.
....A 15-inch-long prehistoric bone fragment found near Vero Beach contains a crude engraving of a mammoth or mastodon on it, said Dr. Barbara Purdy,
emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Florida.
“It is humbling to realize that we are seeing what the hunter saw more than 13,000 years ago,” Purdy said.
If so, it appears to be “the oldest, most spectacular and rare work of art in the Americas,” she wrote in a report to other scientists.
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I found this while browsing. I thought that you guys might find it interesting.
If it is true, then people were living in Florida much earlier than thought before.
It is also always very cool to see early works of art, people practically "painting or carving" a picture of what they saw.
The old "Kodak moment"
Seems like more and more evidence is sticking humans in the Americas a damn sight earlier than we used to think. In the past few years alone, it's
gone from 10k ya to 40k ya with questions raised by Sam VanLandringham of 80k ya (
hmmmm? )and a problematic 250k ya. Old stone tools in Texas,
Valsequillo etc. It's probably a good time to get into University text book publishing
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