A thousand years ago, the islands of The Bahamas were home to land-dwelling crocodiles and large tortoises. They were the island’s top predators and prey species before humans arrived in the archipelago. An abrupt change in the island’s animal populations occurred around the same time people migrated into the Bahamian Archipelago.
Among the most recent of many puzzle pieces to be painstakingly extracted from Abaco’s Sawmill Sink blue hole is described in a report recently published in the prestigious ‘Proceedings of the National Academies of Science’ (PNAS).
A few years ago Perry Maillis, a land owner in South Abaco and an avid beach comber, found something that looked like a bone. But it was “not a Kentucky Fried Chicken bone” as he jokingly said. Intrigued by his find, he contacted Friends of the Environment and since then, his collection of bones has increased by dozens.