Close encounters: Are these gators lost – or just learning to get along?

Close encounters: Are these gators lost – or just learning to get along?

         

August 25, 2018 - Image: Richard Ellis/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom

Dr. Richard Stepp, Center for Latin American Studies and Department of Anthropology faculty, was interviewed by The Christian Science Monitor regarding the alligator sightings on South Carolina’s saltwater beaches.

“Ecologists simply got it wrong when they didn’t expect to see alligators on the coast,” says University of Florida cultural ecologist John Richard Stepp. “The baseline was the wrong date. When you go back in archaeological data, we’ve found coastal settlements with alligator remains mixed into the middens.”

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