Cutler Fossil Site April 2019

On 18 April 2019, Deering Estate Director Jennifer Tisthammer led a Cutler Fossil Site tour/hike for students of the FIU Honors College seminar Art Society Conflict (ASC). “Nestled along the coast in South Dade, the Deering Estate is a cultural asset and historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.” (https://deeringestate.org) ASC is taught by Professor JW Bailly.

“The Cutler Fossil is a watering hole into which all manner of Pleistocene beasts toppled. Sandwiched between the limestone layers of the sinkhole, some 16 feet above the current sea level of the nearby Biscayne Bay, were bones of dire wolfs, mastodons, camels, llamas, saber-toothed tigers, and the American lion. Though the site is protected, the city has sprawled around it in the intervening 10,000 years. Looking down into the ancient pit from the ridge, you can hear the rumble of nearby cars. But the site is hidden and sheltered from the road and the water, protected by its isolation and its elevation.” Jessica Leigh Hester, Wired

Deering Estate History
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