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Humans coexisted with megafauna in Florida

A recent study, examing the levels of rare earth elements in bones found in Vero Beach, Florida, has proven that humans coexisted with megafauna in the area.

The discovery adds the far southeast corner of the United States to the list of places in North America where humans coexisted with massive creatures more than 10,000 years ago. The finding also adds to a growing body of evidence that modern humans spread rapidly after arriving in the Americas, though it’s still not clear when and where they first set foot on the continent.

“We found that humans came into Florida before the extinction of megafauna — they were in Florida by 10,000 years ago,” said Bruce MacFadden, a paleontologist at the University of Florida, Gainesville. This is “clearly documenting that humans were widespread in North America.”

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Story: Emily Sohn, Discovery News | Photo: Corbis

One thought on “Humans coexisted with megafauna in Florida

  1. Wasnt it always known that humans were widely dispersed throughout the Americas 10,000 years ago?

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