Gigantic creatures like giant lazy animals were animals that were not to be encountered 11,000 years ago. But new investigations revealed that people did not care about where these gigantic creatures were going, they followed them by looking at the huge kidney-like footprints.

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A study by an artist to show how giant lazy animals are defending themselves from human hunters by swinging their arms. C: Alex McClelland / Bournemouth University

According to the analysis of the fossilized foot, claw and nail tracks remaining on the field, the giant sloppy animal could not stand any more to the unwanted human followers, and the sickle-shaped claws swooped around their hind legs (average 2.1 m).

New Archaeological Discoveries

What remained as a mystery afterwards. “People have probably attempted to kill the lazy animal, and they were probably successful,” co-researcher Matthew Bennett, a professor of environmental and geographical sciences at Bournemouth University in the UK, says.

However, given that the vast majority of hunting experiments conducted by modern hunter collectors are not successful, and it is thought that these animals are highly muscular, it seems very difficult for antique people to overthrow these animals with stone tools.

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Salt flats in White Sands National Park in New Mexico. Note the footprints on the front. C: Matthew Bennett / Bournemouth University

Remarkable footprints

The researchers found these footprints left by humans and lazy animals in the White Sands National Park in New Mexico (a state in the US) in 2017. This was a turning point for David Bustos in the National Park Service, the leader of the study. Because he was suspicious that he could have been fossilized on the surface of the footprints of ancient people for a long time.

Even more surprising was that some human footprints were in the lazy animal footprints. This shows that people are still following the footprints in the muddy track. This area, which is rich in fossils, is now extinct; There were also traces of giant animals such as mammoths, wolves, big cats, camels and cattle.

Bennett said, “There are hundreds of thousands of pieces of various animals and people on the field. Probably the largest fossilized area of ​​America, and perhaps even the world, “he says.

There are less lazy animal footprints on a flat where the human footprints are found in the sahada. These footprints probably belonged to Nothrotheriops or Paramylodon, which had been left at different times and was a lazy animal species.

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Human footprint in a lazy animal footprint. Such traces show that people are following lazy animals. Lazy animal tracks have a length of 30 to 56 cm. C: Matthew Bennett / Bournemouth University

Be Sherlock Holmes

These traces are at the end of the glacial age where humans and giant sloth animals interact with each other. These traces are key to understanding that humans are not hunting and hunting giant furry animals, such as mammoth, North American horses, whose species have disappeared at that time.

A debate that is still taking place is whether giant animals are the result of humans’ prey or climatic changes. According to the 2016 study in Science magazine, humans and natural phenomena were influential at the end of the ice-devil giants.

In the work, we have to play Sherlock Holmes on the tracks made 11,000 years ago. Researchers say that human hunters follow giant lagoon animals and disturb them to make it easier to hunt. Another idea is that people’s behavior is more about curiosity and play rather than disturbing. Researchers say that in the study, the relationship between lazy animals and people can be better interpreted through tracking and hunting. Lazy animals were a tough one for people. Strong arms and sharp claws provided a lethal access and clear advantage when facing them.

Lehman College and the paleoanthropologist William Harcourt-Smith at the American Museum of Natural History, as a researcher who does not participate in the study, indicate that the research is a solid work, and the documentation and analysis are completed in great detail.

Harcourt also says it’s better to be careful when imagining old events. According to Harcourt, it is likely that traces of lazy animals have been followed up a few hours later. This means that people are not very close to lazy animals.

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