Skip to comments.Old Vero Man Site History
Posted on 06/04/2012 6:29:20 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
In 1913 the Indian River Farms Company was dredging the Main Relief Canal in Vero Florida, in preparation to handle an expanding population. (It was not called Vero Beach until 1925.) The workers on this project kept seeing fossilized bones in the walls or banks of the freshly dredged canal. Some of these bones were presented to the state geologist, Dr E.H. Sellards. Dr. Sellards suggested that they also look for human bones during a visit to the site.
In 1916 Dr Sellards, working with Frank Ayers, Isaac Wells, and others found more human bones in the strata known as the Melbourne strata. The testing that was done later suggests that some of the bones were male and some female. It was at this time that the finds were published and the controversy begins. Dr Sellards believed the humans lived side by side with the extinct Late Ice Age mammals, which puts them as living in Vero Florida over 14,000 years ago. This defied the conventional wisdom of that day which stated humans were in North America no further back than 6,000 years ago, based on other findings across the continent. The euro-centric view of that day held that humans were not in North America before 4,000 years ago...
Carbon dating, as a technology, was not available before the 1950's. The original bones are listed as lost in 1945 while in transit from the Florida Geological Survey in Tallahassee to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. We need new artifacts to test.
There is a new push to get this controversy resolved before the site is buried beneath 200 tons of concrete.
(Excerpt) Read more at oviasc.org ...
The following map illustrates possible ice age human migration routes to North America. Probable routes from Asia are indicated in green and from Europe are indicated in red. [The Spalding Research Project]
Image of a cast from original human skull fragments found in place with mega-fauna fossils at the "Vero Man Site". [Vera Zimmerman (1996) at the Smithsonian Institution Paleintology Archives in Washington D.C.]
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The original snow birds.
'A University of Florida study released Friday tested rare earth elements in the Vero remains and found humans co-existed with the now-extinct animals at least 13,000 years ago.
Windover Man is just right up the road from Vero Beach.
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