Following Fossil Footprints – Part 1

Who left the earliest footprints in rocks that we can admire today? From the giant tracks of enormous dinosaurs to the delicate prints of small lizards and birds, I think footprints are fascinating. Tracks preserved for tens of millions of years, as well as those left within hours, can tell interesting stories about people, animals, and their interactions.

By |2021-12-02T09:16:53-07:00December 2nd, 2021|Fabulous Fossils & More|2 Comments

Tracking Traces of Dog Domestication

Dogs have been human companions for thousands of years. As the first animal species domesticated, dogs altered human relationships with the natural world and profoundly influenced the course of early human history. New data indicate that dogs most likely accompanied the first explorers as they traveled southward from Siberia and fanned out across the Americas.

The Kelp Highway

Forests of bull kelp, with thick floating masses of brownish-green fronds, have been swaying in ocean waves along the Pacific coasts of the Americas for eons. This marine ecosystem, rich in fish, shellfish, marine mammals, birds and seaweed, made it feasible for the earliest people to migrate by boat southward from Eurasia to South America. We know their route as the Kelp Highway.

By |2021-09-23T14:12:43-07:00September 23rd, 2021|Fabulous Fossils & More|2 Comments

Cultural and Climate Changes Recorded in Rock Art

Rock art by ancient Native American artists includes images of large mammals that are now extinct, the hunting weapons that people used, and much more. We can learn valuable information about ancient lives, traditions, and landscapes from rock art images when they are fit into the context of cultures and time.

By |2021-05-21T08:52:31-07:00May 21st, 2021|Fabulous Fossils & More|2 Comments

Mysterious Rock Art – Barrier Canyon Style

Masked faces on ancient life-sized, mummy-like figures form a long line on the rock wall of a shallow alcove in a remote part of southern Utah. Known as the Great Gallery, the 200-foot-long (61 m) panel contains around 20 eerie looking triangular-shaped bodies with small heads. many researchers consider them among the finest examples of rock art in the Americas.

By |2021-05-13T14:31:31-07:00May 13th, 2021|Fabulous Fossils & More|4 Comments
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