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The New Life of Vero Man

14,000 years after his death, Vero's earliest resident is back in the headlines

Vero Man would have been proud. There are not many humans, after all, who have generated so much excitement 14,000 years after their death. Yet here they are, pre-eminent American archeologists with their array of sophisticated 21st century equipment, determinedly looking to see if they could find any more remnants of the Man and his Lady, Vero Woman.

Of course, Vero Man might also have considered that the renewal of interest in him was overdue. His discovery in 1915 had caused a nationwide sensation, introducing many Americans to the small Florida town of Vero for the first time. But public interest had quickly cooled off and there was little concern when his remains were forever lost while in transit.

Read the entire article in the January 2009 issue