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Bureau scientists Bruce Allen and Dave Love co-authors on "Science Advances" article about human-sloth interactions in North America

— April 27, 2018

New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources scientists Bruce Allen and Dave Love are both co-authors on a "Science Advances" paper titled "Footprints preserve terminal Pleistocene hunt? Human-sloth interactions in North America". The work describes interactions between early humans and sloths, based on studies of 10,000 to 15,000 year old footprints at White Sands National Monument, and documents that humans hunted, or at least harassed, now-extinct giant ground sloth in the terminal Pleistocene. The New Yorker Magazine produced a nice summary of the scientific article, with an artist's impression of humans hunting a giant ground sloth.