April 28, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Aspen Daily News "Question of early man at Ziegler vexes scientists"

Just think.  All the decades of lusting after the performance of (cumulative) billions of dollars of "tourism marketing" in the Aspen area....a 'little guy' excavator digging a hole up in Snowmass...a bunch of wooly mammoths, sloths and other assorted wildlife...and some rocks..that have just been laying around for a long, long time....just may have yielded an international advertising campaign that will trump every flake of snow to ever fall on the "Power of Four" again and every sordid, decadent vice we have to offer.

Who knew?     

Chad Abraham:
".....The possible presence of Paleo-Indians arose when Drs. Kirk Johnson and Ian Miller, co-leaders of the dig, and others noticed small boulders where they shouldn’t have been. Several soccer ball-sized stones were found in what was once the middle of the ancient lake. The rocks were next to, above and below a partial mammoth skeleton, Johnson said Wednesday.

The rocks were out of place geologically as no similar stones were found nearby, he said. Paleontologists have established that early man used such stones to hide meat caches in ice-bound spots away from predators and to prevent the protein from spoiling.

So it appeared as if early man may have used Ziegler as a frozen meat locker, except for one problem: Man wasn’t supposed to have been here by then. Most researchers put North America’s earliest settlement by early man at around 14,000 years ago. Ziegler’s ice age finds are estimated to be between 40,000 and 150,000 years old....."  (Read more? Click title)
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1 comment:

mandy said...

Great story from Chad. I would really like to hear some ongoing coverage on the Ziegler find. We have something so historic and major news and hear so little about it.