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[dinosaur] Pre-Clovis humans 14,550 years ago in Florida, alongside megafauna (free pdf)




Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com


A new open-access paper that may be of interest:



Jessi J. Halligan, Michael R. Waters,, Angelina Perrotti, Ivy J. Owens, Joshua M. Feinberg, Mark D. Bourne, Brendan Fenerty, Barbara Winsborough, David Carlson, Daniel C. Fisher, Thomas W. Stafford Jr and James S. Dunbar (2016)
Pre-Clovis occupation 14,550 years ago at the Page-Ladson site, Florida, and the peopling of the Americas.
Science Advances  2(5): e1600375
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600375
http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/5/e1600375.full.pdf+html

Stone tools and mastodon bones occur in an undisturbed geological context at the Page-Ladson site, Florida. Seventy-one radiocarbon ages show that ~14,550 calendar years ago (cal yr B.P.), people butchered or scavenged a mastodon next to a pond in a bedrock sinkhole within the Aucilla River. This occupation surface was buried by ~4m of sediment during the late Pleistocene marine transgression, which also left the site submerged. Sporormiella and other proxy evidence from the sediments indicate that hunter-gatherers along the Gulf Coastal Plain coexisted with and utilized megafauna for ~2000 years before these animals became extinct at ~12,600 cal yr B.P. Page-Ladson expands our understanding of the earliest colonizers of the Americas and human-megafauna interaction before extinction.


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News:

http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/23896-new-evidence-that-humans-settled-in-southeastern-us-far-earlier-than-previously-believed

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-evidence-humans-southeastern-earlier-previously.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160513-first-americans-clovis-mastodon-florida-page-ladson/

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/05/ancient-stone-tools-are-best-evidence-yet-early-peopling-americas

http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/june-2013/article/prehistoric-site-in-florida-