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Ancient fossils show effect of humans on Caribbean wildlife

person sitting next to a lake formed in a flooded sinkhole

Sawmill Sink, the flooded sinkhole from which fossils of almost 100 vertebrate species were found.

Credit: Janet Franklin


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people next to a green sea turtle shell

A green sea turtle shell that was recovered from Sawmill Sink in very good condition.

Credit: Janet Franklin


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Bones and shells of extinct tortoises

Bones and shells of extinct tortoises were found with crocodile bite marks on them.

Credit: Janet Franklin


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Bahamas parrots sitting in a tree

The Bahamas, or rose-throated, parrot, was identified from fossils dated back to the Ice Age.

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Hairy woodpecker in a tree

Hairy woodpeckers near Sawmill Sink have been there as a species at least since the Ice Age.

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two people in a pine forest

The fossil discoveries led to a new protected area, including a pine woodland with many birds.

Credit: Janet Franklin


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