When scientists began studying the carving of a mammoth on a 13,000-year-old mammoth bone found in Florida, they assumed it was a fake.
But according to research just published in the Journal of Archaeological Science
A lot of news agencies are hopping on the story. I enjoyed the National Geographic
I like that the bone was found by an amateur fossil hunter (and I’m highly amused that it spent some time collecting dust under his sink).
Scientists led by the Smithsonian’s Robert Jeff Speakman eventually authenticated the piece using some high tech microscopy to show that the carving wasn’t made with modern tools.
The ancient artist certainly made a pretty carving. I think he/she should also get kudos for leading the way on all things meta. You know, mammoth on mammoth.
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