Hunting the Wooly Mammoth 45,000 Years Ago

A new archeological find in a frozen bluff overlooking the Arctic Ocean suggests that our human ancestors were hunting big game in the Far North as much as 45,000 years ago. An article in Science explains what may have drawn hunters North and its significance:

Mammoths and other large animals, such as woolly rhinoceros and reindeer, may have been the magnet that drew humans to the Far North. “Mammoth hunting was an important part of survival strategy, not only in terms of food, but in terms of important raw materials-tusks, ivory that they desperately needed to manufacture hunting equipment,” says lead author Vladimir Pitulko. The presence of humans in the Arctic this early also suggests they had the adaptive ability to make tools, warm clothes, and temporary shelters that allowed them to live in the frigid North earlier than thought. They had to adapt to the cold to traverse Siberia and Beringia on their way to the Bering Strait’s land bridge, which they crossed to enter the Americas.

Legislative weeks can be very hectic; stories like this put things in perspective. We’re in it for the long haul.

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