First Floridians and Last Mastodons: The Page-Ladson Site in the Aucilla River

  • S. David Webb

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Geology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 30-30
    2. Joseph M. Latvis, Irvy C. Quitmyer
      Pages 1-28
    3. David C. Kendrick
      Pages 49-82
    4. S. David Webb, James S. Dunbar
      Pages 83-101
  3. Paleobotany

  4. Late pleistocene evidence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 214-214
    2. S. David Webb, Erika Simons
      Pages 215-246
    3. Kurt Auffenberg, Irvy R. Quitmyer, James D. Williams, Douglas S. Jones
      Pages 247-261
    4. S. David Webb
      Pages 333-341
    5. Daniel C. Fisher, David L. Fox
      Pages 343-377
    6. Kathryn A. Hoppe, Paul L. Koch
      Pages 379-401
    7. James S. Dunbar
      Pages 403-435
  5. Early holocene evidence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 438-438
    2. Tanya Peres, Erika Simons
      Pages 461-470
    3. Russ McCarty, Larry Schwandes
      Pages 471-491
    4. Brinnen C. Carter, James S. Dunbar
      Pages 493-515
    5. Mark P. Muniz, C. Andrew Hemmings
      Pages 517-521
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 524-524
    2. James S. Dunbar
      Pages 525-544
    3. S. David Webb
      Pages 545-551
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 553-588

About this book


Over the last 20 years the Aucilla River Prehistory Project has been one of the most f- cinating stories unfolding in Florida. This project, uncovering the remains of plants and animals from the end of the last Ice Age and the beginning of Florida’s human oc- pation, is answering questions important to the entire western hemisphere. Questions such as when did people first arrive in the Americas? Were these newcomer scavengers or skillful hunters? Could they have contributed to the extinction of the great Ice Age beasts – animals such as elephants – that were creatures native to Florida for the pre- ous million or so years? And how did these first Florida people survive 12,000 years ago at a time when sea level was so low that this peninsula was double its present size, sprawling hugely into the warm waters of the Caribbean? Much of Florida at that time was almost desert. Fresh water – for both man and beast – was hard to find. The lower reaches of today’s Aucilla River are spellbinding. Under canopies of oak and cypress, the tea-colored water moves slowly toward the Gulf of Mexico, sometimes sinking out of sight into ancient drowned caves and then welling up again a few feet or a few miles downstream. Along the river bottom, the remains of long extinct animals and Florida’s earliest people lie entombed in orderly layers of peat, sand, and clay.


Flora Mammoth Mastodon Mollusca Sediment Sedimentation environment fauna geomorphology morphology paleoenvironmental

Editors and affiliations

  • S. David Webb
    • 1
  1. 1.Florida Museum of Natural HistoryUniversity of Florida, GainesvilleGainesvilleUSA

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