Monday, May 08, 2006

Question # 8 from Mr. Lancaster's Class

Was there any evidence of human interaction with the mastodont? Could part of it have been moved?


Blogger Dr. Anthony L. Swinehart said...

There was no direct evidence of human interaction with the mastodont, because we did not find any markings or cuts on the bones that would suggest that paleo-indians had butchered the animal. However, sometimes, paleo-indians would suspend large bones with flesh in the cool waters of lakes to preserve them for later consumption. They did not have refrigerators, so they sometimes used deep cold waters of lakes to keep their meat from spoiling.

If palaeo-indians had done that to the Scrivens mastodont, that might explain why we did not find the whole skeleton. However, we will probably never know for sure.

Dr. Swinehart

7:50 PM  

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