Vero Beach Ice Age dig: Mercyhurst University researchers to excavate animal fossils site

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Officials are signing an agreement that will allow an archaeological dig to move forward in Vero Beach

   The agreement being signed Monday will allow researchers from a Pennsylvania university to excavate a site where Ice Age fossils of animals were discovered almost 100 years ago.

   Along with evidence of mastodons and saber-tooth cats, archaeologists found human remains that they named "Vero Man."

   Researchers from Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania hope the new dig helps them determine Vero Man's age, which has been steeped in controversy.

   Some scientists believe Vero Man may not be as old as the extinct animals due to mixing of geological layers.

   Scientists believe Vero Man is at least 13,000 years old.

   After the fossils are analyzed at Mercyhurst University, they will return to Florida.

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