Stone Tools, Rare Animal Bones: Clues To Caribbean's Earliest Inhabitants Discovered

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 23:14 in Paleontology & Archaeology

A prehistoric water-filled cave in the Dominican Republic has become a "treasure trove" with the announcement by archaeologists of the discovery of stone tools, a primate skull, and the claws, jawbone and other bones of several species of sloths. This rare find is expected to offer insight into both the earliest inhabitants of the Greater Antilles and an issue of worldwide concern -- the extinction of native birds and animals when humans arrive.

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