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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2012 3:23 p.m. PST

"…Using rare earth element analysis to measure the concentration of naturally occurring metals absorbed during fossilization, researchers show modern humans in North America co-existed with large extinct mammals about 13,000 years ago, including mammoths, mastodons and giant ground sloths…
The little information known about the first humans to appear in North America is primarily based on bone fragments and artifacts, such as stone points used for hunting. Other sites in California, Montana and Texas show human presence around the same time period based on artifacts, but two nearly complete human skeletons were discovered at the Vero Beach site…
Researchers analyzed samples from 24 human bones and 48 animal fossils in the Florida Museum's collections and determined the specimens were all from the late Pleistocene epoch about 13,000 years ago. While rare earth element analysis method is not as precise as radiocarbon dating, Purdy said the significance of human skeletons found in Vero Beach is unquestionable in terms of their presence in the Western Hemisphere…
Native fauna during the last ice age ranged from extinct jaguars and saber-toothed cats to shrews, mice and squirrels still present in Florida. Researchers speculate humans would have been wanderers much like the animals because there was less fresh water than in later years."
Full article here.

Of possible interest for wargaming the prehistoric Era.


rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2012 4:35 p.m. PST

very cool.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2012 7:41 p.m. PST

So cool it is almost an Ice Age.

Chortle Fezian Inactive Member05 May 2012 4:14 a.m. PST

It could have been something like this (Scientific reconstruction)



Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2012 11:05 a.m. PST

Glad you had enjoy it boys!
Raquel as prehistoric woman… well, wonder to know to which hairdresser did she go!. (smile).


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