An El Jobo Mastodon Kill at Taima-taima, Venezuela

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Science  16 Jun 1978:
Vol. 200, Issue 4347, pp. 1275-1277
DOI: 10.1126/science.200.4347.1275


Excavation at Taima-taima in 1976 recovered artifacts of the El Jobo complex in direct association with the butchered remains of a juvenile mastodon. Radiocarbon dates on associated wood twigs indicate a minimum age of 13,000 years before the present for the mastodon kill, a dating significantly older than that of the Clovis complex in North America. The El Jobo complex must have evolved independently in northern South America.

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