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Pleistocene Megafauna Wallows and Southern Appalachian Bogs

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The wallowing, trampling, and foraging of Pleistocene megafauna probably maintained the open character of mountain bogs in the southern Appalachians during the Ice Ages.  Bogs were common natural environments during moist interstadials when cool temperatures reduced…

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The North Bank Excavations ca. 1963

Here is a great photo-mosaic from the North Bank excavations in the early 1960s.  The humans in the background examining the stratigraphy really put the Clovis-age mammoths in their proper scale.  Unfortunately, Mammoth IV in the background is covered in … Continue reading

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Dawn of the Dog Article

A very important and fascinating subject to undertake.  Here’s an interesting new article about the domestication of dogs from Science. Dogs were the very first thing humans domesticated—before any plant, before any other animal. Yet despite decades of study, researchers … Continue reading

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The Giant Short-Faced Bear (Arctodus simus) was not as Bizarre as Originally Thought

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Scientists first described the giant short-faced bear as an unusually long-limbed bruin with a shortened catlike face.  Some proposed this species outran prey, much like a cheetah does.  However, later studies determined it was not a…

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Revisiting the Vero Beach Mammoth

We, at the Clovis site, have a tie to Vero Beach through the work of Dr. Elias Sellards.  Much of his work in New Mexico was forty years later but we owe a great debt to his research out here. … Continue reading

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Peale’s “Barber Farm” Mastodon

A Significant Episode in the History of Modern Science An early and significant excavation of an American mastodon was undertaken in Orange County, New York during the summer of 1801.  This mastodon is credited as the world’s first fully articulated … Continue reading

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Relative Size and Other Important Tidbits

When we think of Pleistocene fauna, we usually think big.  The above image was assembled by Roberto Díaz Sibaja on his wonderful blog Palaeos, la historia de la vida en la tierra.  I love the fact that he has created, … Continue reading

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40,000 year old bison find in Alaska

A nearly complete bison found on the North Slope of Alaska.  Only one scapula missing but it contained horn sheaths, hooves, and hair.  This should provide some excellent data for understanding early bison world-wide. Click the photo for the full … Continue reading

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Ice Age Predators from the Early Paleoindian Period

We don’t find many predators in our assemblages on the Southern High Plains.  When we do, it is generally a tooth, a single toe bone, or a few bits.  Predators weren’t hunted in droves and likely wander off to die … Continue reading

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