Join us as we plunge, head long into forgotten trails and hidden rivers beds, searching for lost signs of our paleo-ancestors.
These lost remains hold the key to our understanding who came before us, and our learning who lived here during the Ice age, long before modern civilization.
The Fossil Hunters team does extensive planning and research before each fossil hunt takes place. Old maps and records are painstakingly referenced for the original location of rivers and streams, as they were before the Army Corps of Engineers diverted and drained them for future developmental purposes.
n most areas Mother Nature has taken back her land. Over the years the undergrowth and trees have reclaimed much of their territory. This makes the going all the more difficult, but it only adds to our excitement as we search for the ancient trails and camp sites of our paleo-ancestors.
It was in just such a river bed that two of the greatest finds in North America have been discovered.
The first discovery depicts a mammoth bone with a carving of a mammoth in full charge. The creature plows through a group of tepees.
This story of a dramatic event in tribal history shows that the paleo-artist had the presence of mind to etch this attack for tribal record. This bone has been checked by paleontologists in America, as well as Europe, and was found to be at least 15,000 years old. Replicas of the Vero Mammoth Bone are now on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C., and an exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville (the University of Florida).
A second story bone was found at this same location. This bone also depicts artwork using a mammoth bone as its canvas. Aptly named The Fisherman Bone, the next piece shows a man holding a spear and a large fish on one end, and several chevrons or talley marks on the other end. This bone is of even greater cultural significance, as it is the first depiction of a human being by a human being to be found in the fossil records in the Western Hemisphere; a true treasure and a discovery for mankind.
The Fossil Hunters will offer The Fisherman Bone to the world so that everyone can experience this incredible part of human history.
“This is an incredibly exciting discovery,”
– study co-author Dennis Stanford, an anthropologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, said in a statement.
Dr. Dennis Stanford, Director of the Smithsonian’s Paleoindian/Paleoecology Program, Head of the Division of Archaeology who has lectured here on Vero’s archaeological importance.
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A Prehistoric Mastodon Tooth and Jawbone Fossil.
It was one of the largest land animals living during the ice age.
This Prehistoric Mastodon bone has been named the Paloma Rib Bone Fossil. It has a carving of a chevron and other markings clearly indicating human interaction.
This piece was found near an ancient charcoal cook pit, a few feet from where we found the Tooth and Jaw Bone. The elephant-like American mastodon was a distant relative of the mammoth, with whom it shared its ice age home…
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The significance of this artifact is akin to finding the first book, the first paleo version of a portable radio or television, no longer did the communal story need to remain stationary on the cave wall to make an impact on the tribe. Here, the graphic form of communication is mobile. And it holds a message of equal importance. A human being depicting another member of its race, a graphic representation of self awareness, consciousness, perhaps the first known example in the Western Hemisphere, “I THINK THEREFORE I AM”.