Native American tooth ‘bling’ skull discovered
A new study has shown how Native Americans had sophisticated knowledge of tooth anatomy, which…
The Americas’ oldest known artist may have been an Ice Age hunter in what is now Florida, according to an anthropologist who has examined a 13,000-year-old bone etching.
The carved bone, which depicts a walking mammoth, was found near Vero Beach in east-central Florida.
The now exclusive area once hosted giant beasts and nomadic bands of Ice Age hunters, said Barbara Purdy, a professor emerita at the University of Florida.
The examinations revealed that the light etching is not recent, and that it was made a short time after the animal died, according to Purdy.
Scientists also determined the 38 centimeter long (15-inch) bone fragment probably belonged to one of three animals: a mammoth, a mastodon, or a giant sloth, all of which died out between about 12,000 to 10,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age.
Source: National Geographic.