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Kelly CarrollGhost Fossils at Park Reveal Life and Death Story from the Ice Age White Sands National Monument, New Mexico — On a remote salt flat with nearby towering, snow white gypsum dunes, a team of scientists are following a string of fossilized footprints back in time to the end of the Ice Age where humans — adults and children - were likely hunting a giant, razor-clawed ground sloth.
The White Sands trackway — a series of tracks and footprints are called a trackway — shows that someone followed a sloth, purposely stepping in their tracks as they did so, said David Bustos, the park naturalist who discovered the trackway 10 years ago.
Team member Matthew Bennett, a professor of environmental and geographical sciences at Bournemouth University in England believes the ancient humans stalked the sloth.
These record the rise of the sloth on its hind legs and the swing of its fore legs presumably in a defensive motion.
But in addition to tracks of humans following the sloth, there are more human tracks a safe distance away telling scientists that this was a community action making use of distraction and misdirection to gain the upper hand in deadly close-quarter combat.
Bennett believes the tracks show the sloth was turning and swinging at the stalker. Piecing the puzzle we can see how sloth were kept on the flat playa by a horde of people and distracted by a hunter stalking the sloth from behind, while another crept forward and tried to strike the killing blow as the animal turned.
And second, the fossil footprints are ephemeral. Once the overlying sand dunes move and reveal the tracks, they start to weather away and can be gone in months.
The Ice Age ended about 11, years ago and the fossil record of ground sloths indicates they were extinct by this time. At White Sands, the scientists used an approach called relative dating to estimate a minimum age for the fossils. The team studying and writing about the fossil prints detail their findings today in the journal Science Advances.
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