A chain of serendipitous events has led to the claim that the Clovis people may have been the earliest humans in North America. A man was walking along his property line when he noticed something that resembled bones. He knocked on his neighbor’s door to get a second opinion (this neighborhood turned out to be a vertebrate paleontologist).
Together they uncovered large ribs, teeth, a tusk, and part of a skull that seemed to come from an elephant like structure. Alongside this mammoth, they uncovered an arrowhead which is connected to the hunting of this animal. Once these two men realized they were onto something huge, they called in experts to take control of the situation.
A National Science Foundation is funding the current project to ensure researchers are able equip with the tools they need to handle the artifacts. The only mammoth that has existed in New Mexico was approximately 13,000 years ago. Anthropologists are claiming that Clovis people are the earliest humans to live in North America because it is known that Clovis people hunted these mammoths and left behind their hunting spear tips.
This finding would be the second documented connection between these mammoths and the Clovis people. This connection would place their existence in the same time frame—13,000 years ago. Researchers are continuing their search to hone in on the major questions such as, how much of the mammoth’s meat did the Clovis people eat? The reason for this question is because one ton of mammoth meat is an extraordinary amount of food for a group of hunters. Answering questions like this will lead to further discoveries about the Clovis people.
So, all of us at Clovis Open MRI are extremely excited to that our town is historically rich! This is an amazing discovery, not only for all us Clovis people, but also to researchers. This is helping piece together the puzzle of our past. Who knew we would play such a large role in history? Read the full story here!