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On the Possible Utilization of Camelops by Early Man in North America 1

  • Gary Haynes (a1) and Dennis Stanford (a1)

Camelops was a major faunal element in late Wisconsin biotic communities over much of North America. Interpretations of possible human association with Camelops are often based on poorly evaluated evidence. Ideal standards for acceptable evidence are compared here to the actual evidence that has been advanced. Of 25 fossil assemblages examined, 2 might be examples only of geological contemporaneity of humans and Camelops; 2 might indicate behavioral association of humans and Camelops bones; and 2 might indicate actual human utilization of Camelops (killing and/or butchering). Camelops bones interpreted as artifacts are similar to modern specimens affected by noncultural processes.

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Presented at the symposium “Taphonomic Analysis and Interpretation in North American Pleistocene Archaeology” held in Fairbanks, Alaska, April 1982.

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