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Researchers find evidence of hourslong Stone Age raves

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Researchers find evidence of hourslong Stone Age raves

Maybe this is what it means to have a “Yabba-dabba-do time.”

Stone Age ancestors danced for hours in a sort of psychedelic trance, researchers have found, citing evidence from necklaces and clothing made using elk teeth 8,000 years ago.

The teeth were sewn into clothes or suspended in a way that they made loud rattling noises when the wearers moved, according to auditory archaeologist Riitta Rainio from the University of Helsinki.

“Wearing such rattlers while dancing makes it easier to immerse yourself in the soundscape, eventually letting the sound and rhythm take control of your movements,” Rainio said, according to a report published by the school. “It is as if the dancer is led in the dance by someone.”

Rainio knows this first-hand. She tested her theory by dancing for six straight hours while wearing elk tooth ornaments like those found in graves in the Yuzhniy Oleniy Ostrov burial site in western Russia.

A total of 177 graves of women, men and children have been found at the site, with more than half containing elk tooth ornaments — some with over 300 individual teeth.

By dancing for hours, Rainio and artist Juha Valkeapää were able to test what kind of wear marks formed in the teeth as they banged against each other.

These marks were then compared to the findings made in the Yuzhniy Oleniy Ostrov graves by Evgeny Girya, an archaeologist at the Russian Academy of Sciences. There was a clear resemblance between the chips, cuts and smoothed surfaces of the teeth used by Rainio and those found in the Stone Age graves.

The marks in the Stone Age teeth were deeper and more extensive, which Girya said showed they were the result of similar activity. “As the Stone Age teeth were worn for years or even decades, it’s no surprise that their marks are so distinctive,” he said.

“Elk tooth rattlers are fascinating,” said Associate Professor of Archaeology Kristiina Mannermaa from the University of Helsinki. “You can close your eyes, listen to the sound of the rattlers and drift on the soundwaves to a lakeside campfire in the world of Stone Age hunter-gatherers.”

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Miami Beach building collapse

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More than 80 fire rescue units are responding to a partial building collapse this morning just north of Miami Beach and rescues are underway, officials said.

It was a high-rise condominium building and rescues of trapped residents were underway, reports CBS Miami.

A boy was pulled from the rubble of the collapsed condo building and was placed onto a stretcher, NBC 2 News reports.

According to CBS Miami, a man who was evacuated from a nearby hotel said, “The building – one of these huge buildings – gone! … The building – it’s gone. … The whole building’s gone. … Oh my gosh. This is the most insane thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

It’s unclear if there are any injuries. Miami Beach police and fire departments are responding to the building in Surfside. 

Multiple police and fire departments from across Miami-Dade County are also assisting.

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Man sentenced to a year in prison for buying endangered animal parts

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Man sentenced to a year in prison for buying endangered animal parts

A Florida man was sentenced to prison last week for buying parts of dead endangered animals.

Steven Phillip Griffin II, 36, was sentenced to a year and day in a federal lockup after pleading guilty in November to receiving and transporting endangered species in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

Griffin was busted after he met undercover wildlife agents in Texas in May 2019 to buy two Southern White rhino horns, four elephant ivory tusks, one African lion skull and three leopard skulls for $9,750, investigators said.

In the two years leading up to the meeting, Griffin communicated with an undercover agent to negotiate the deal, according to the plea agreement.

He told the agent he collects dead animal parts, including skulls and full skeletons and even sent pictures of his collection.

After the meeting, authorities operating with a search warrant seized a variety of animal parts, guns and ammunition from Griffin’s Tampa Bay home.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon.

With Post wires

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Man arrested for taking $1.2M yacht on joyride in upstate NY

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Man arrested for taking $1.2M yacht on joyride in upstate NY

A man was arrested after he stole a $1.2 million yacht and took it for a joy ride from upstate New York to Vermont over one of the Great Lakes, reports said.

And when 56-year-old Robert Morris was busted by police he made the outrageous claim he was only giving it a test drive, according to local reports.

The would-be captain took the 48-foot yacht christened “Volans” from New York’s Rouses Point Marina on Monday morning and was caught after crossing Lake Champlain to a state park off the coast of St. Albans, Vt., WCAX reported.

The boat, a Jeanneau Prestige 500, was located by a US Border Patrol helicopter, NBC 5 reported. Morris was nabbed on Burton Island by the St. Albans Police Department and slapped with multiple charges, including possession of stolen property, the station said.

At a court hearing the day after his arrest, Smith was talkative and said he “was water testing the boat after making mechanical fixes,” WCAX said.

Morris was a wanted fugitive in New Hampshire and had a list of prior arrests, according to WCAX. He had also told cops he was given permission to take the boat and said he was caught bringing the yacht back to its owner, which the owner denies, WCAX said.

The accused, who made an “inappropriate gesture” to the webcam as he left the meeting, will undergo a competency exam, the station reported.

Morris is to be extradited to New York to face additional charges, the report said.

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