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Caribbean ecosystem reconstructed prior to human settlement

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« on: February 26, 2014, 05:58:49 pm »

The site was first discovered by Perry Maillis, a land owner in South Abaco and an avid beach comber. This find would lead to evidence of the first inhabitants of The Bahamas and the species that became extinct because of their impact on the islands. The bones were from an extinct large tortoise (Albury’s tortoise) which was radiocarbon dated to  over 900 years old.
Collecting samples

In the years since the peaty sediment was first discovered, Franklin and her colleagues, along with the owner of the area, have taken advantage of brief low-tide periods to collect samples of the peat and extract further remains. Their finds now also include the near vanished Cuban crocodile (no longer found anywhere except a small region of Cuba) to small fragments of plants and molluscs.
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This power came forth out of the Atlantic Ocean. But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea.

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