Professor Vance T. Holliday, Associate Professor David Raichlen, and Brendan Fenerty (one of Dr. Holliday’s Geology graduate students) are among the co-authors of a new paper published by Science Advances: “Footprints preserve terminal Pleistocene hunt? Human-sloth interactions in North America” (read it here). Dr. Holliday writes that:
This work is a part of my continuing research in the White Sands area, investigating the Paleoindian peopling and landscape evolution of the region. Trackways from late Pleistocene fauna are common in ancient lake beds of the region (the lake deposits are eroded by the wind, creating the famous gypsum white sands). But this paper reports on the first association of humans and the trackways and the first association of humans with giant ground sloth in North America.
- Science Magazine: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/ancient-human-sloth-hunt-hinted-15000-year-old-footprints
- The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/04/a-prehistoric-hunt-preserved-in-incredible-fossilized-tracks/558797/
- Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-giant-sloth/giant-sloth-vs-ancient-man-fossil-footprints-track-prehistoric-hunt-idUSKBN1HW2L0
- The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/04/25/humans-stalked-giant-sloths-ancient-footprints-at-white-sands-national-monument-show/?utm_term=.73f4a7b2e85a