Saturday, January 22, 2011

Gompotheres in Mexico

In Mexico, archaeologists discovered gompothere bones together with Clovis era tools. We will discuss Clovis tools when we discuss human evolution, but this finding is the first time that we have evidence of humans hunting gompotheres in this part of the Americas. Prior to this discovery, it was believed that these creatures became extinct 30,000 years ago. Since these findings are from only 12,000 years ago, it indicates that humans and gompotheres lived together for a very long time.

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1 comment:

  1. Awesome! I've always suspected that many large mammal species may have persisted much longer than the geological record indicates. Preservation is such a specialized process, I am sure that other dates will be revised in the future.