Skip to comments.Smithsonian does not dispute authenticity of archaeological find in Vero Beach [13K old]
Posted on 10/26/2010 8:40:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has found no reason to dispute the authenticity of an one-of-a-kind archaeological discovery that might help confirm a human presence here up to 13,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age.
In early 2009, local fossil collector James Kennedy cleaned off an old bone he found two years earlier and noticed some lines on it -- lines that turned out to be a clear etching of a walking mammoth with tusks.
The location where he found it hasn't been disclosed, except that it came from an area north of Vero Beach.
University of Florida researchers scrutinized the four-inch etching on the 15-inch prehistoric bone with an electron microscope and their tests showed it to be apparently genuine.
In May, Kennedy took the bone to the National Museum of Natural History for further studies. There Smithsonian Institution archaeologists made a copy and used advanced techniques to look at the etching...
Kennedy is keeping the bone in hopes of selling it by auction...
It is presumed to be the oldest known art object of its type found in the New World, said Richard Hulbert, a paleontologist with the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville.
The person who created the etching, presumably with a shark tooth or flint implement, had to have seen a live animal to have drawn it in such detail, he said.
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Fascinating. First Ive read of this find.
Mammoths in Florida? Why not? There are a lot of old RINOS there right now. Time to put them on the Endangered Feces List.
probably brought stinky cheese
Those damn New Yorkers have been coming down to Florida for a while now to stay the winter.
I suppose that picture pokes a hole in the the rule of why Italian men wear gold chains so they will know where to stop shaving
why not? Florida seems like a logical place to escape an Ice Age...
Looks like the Virgin Mary to me.......He should put it on Ebay and advertise it as such. It’ll bring more $$$ than if its sold as a primitive mammoth carving - like I’m gonna believe that.
It’s got writing on it too!
“I love you...you love me...I’m an old mammoth woolly...”
No wait. It’s Barney. Or some kind of pig. Not really enough detail to be sure.
Mammoth told me there’s be elections like these.
“Strange days, indeed. Most peculiar, mama....”
They didn’t even think of the ‘find’ in its proper context.
What they found was a bat.
A long femur bone, etched with the logo of the Vero Beach Tuskers, actually proves that pre-season baseball has been played there for thousands of years.
The archeologist must not be a baseball aficianado.
Thanks for the chuckle!
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