The end of the last Ice Age was approximately 12,000 years ago. The retreat of the glaciers permitted humans to expand their populations into Europe, Asia, and eventually into the Americas.
The climate change also probably led (either directly or indirectly) to the extinction of the horse in the North and South American continents.
In the 1500s and 1600s Europeans reintroduced the horse, and American Indians, particularly Plains tribes, became excellent horsemen.
Last month a visitor found these two fossilized horse teeth along the shore at Springer's Point.
Discovering a 12,000 year old (or older) specimen from the last Ice Age is always a memorable event.
Keep your eyes open as you stroll our beaches and sandy lanes. You never know what you might find!
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is about the almost forgotten 1890 "Oyster Wars" that
pitted islanders against outside business interests. You can read the
article here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012115.htm.