Footprints prove humans hunted giant sloths throughout the Ice Age - Zaqzouqh

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Footprints prove humans hunted giant sloths throughout the Ice Age

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People tracking huge sloths thousands of years back in exactly what is now New Mexico left footprints that validate human beings when hunted the huge animals, researchers report April 25 in Science Advances.Giant ground sloths,

which vanished at the end of the last Ice Age around 10,000 years ago, might weigh more than an elephant. With their lethal claws and muscle, the herbivores would have been formidable prey, states David Bustos, a biologist with the National Park Service at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.In April 2017, scientists stumbled across more than 100 tracks in White Sands. These "ghost tracks"had previously stayed hidden because they can be seen just under the right moisture conditions-- too little or excessive water in the soil, and the lays out of the prints were invisible.Tests of sediment showed the sloth and human

prints were made at the same time. An analysis of the tracks likewise recommended the two types were interacting with one another." We're getting a view into the

past, of an interaction in between two types, "says Sally Reynolds, a paleoecologist at Bournemouth University in Poole, England. "This was a minute of action, a moment of drama. "Reynolds, Bustos and their coworkers reconstructed the chase: Humans stalked a sloth, or numerous sloths, which the hunters surrounded in the open. At seven locations, a sloth reared up on its hind legs-- towering over the people-- to fend off an attack. The chase continued, with the human beings in hot pursuit.The encounter"wasn't luck or happenstance; it was cold estimation

, "Reynolds says." Our intention was to kill them." The trail of footprints ends, however, and it's unclear who came out victorious.

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