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VIRTUAL - The Mount Holly Mammoth and its Implications for Human/Megafaunal Interactions in the Northeast,
April 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
This is an online event.
Sponsored by: NHAS
Nathaniel Kitchell, Robert A. 1925 and Catherine L. McKennan Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College
At the end of the last Ice Age in what is now called North America many species of large animals (megafauna), including mammoths and mastodons went extinct. In western regions early human groups and megafauna clearly overlapped in time and space leading some scientists to speculate that hunting played a role in the extinction of these animals. In New England, most radiocarbon dates for mammoths and mastodons indicated the extinction of these animals well before the arrival of humans in the region. The first radiocarbon date for the Mt. Holly mammoth found near Ludlow, Vermont in 1848, provides stronger evidence that mammoths, mastodons, and humans may have shared the landscapes of New England. In this talk Nathaniel Kitchel, the Robert A. 1925 and Catherine L. McKennan Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College, will discuss the significance of this new date and how this finding contributes to ongoing discussions of human/megafauna interactions in New England and beyond.
Zoom link https://ccsnh.zoom.us/j/99411428607