September/october 2019 profiles giraffe biologist Ann Dagg and digs into the oldest evidence of humans in North America
AAs archeologists carefully chipped away layers of black sediment from a sheltered beach on Calvert Island, off British Columbia’s central coast, they revealed dozens of footprints sunk into the now fossilized mud approximately 13,000 years ago — the oldest footprints ever found in North America. More artifacts were uncovered there and on nearby Triquet Island, including a preserved wooden atlatl throwing board and obsidian arrowheads mined 200 kilometres away, providing evidence of ancient human settlements that predate anything else ever found in Canada. In the September/october issue, Tom Koppel takes readers back to the end of the last ice age as he joins the team of archeologists unearthing these settlements in the traditional territories of the Wuikinuxv and the Heiltsuk First Nations. Fast-forward more than 10 millennia to Oct. 17, 2018, when Canada became the second country after Uruguay to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. Since late 2018, Canada’s legal cannabis industry has ignited, and online and brick-and-mortar stores across the country now offer all-things cannabis, from dried flower to oil to seeds and plants. Charles Wilkins reflects on the state of Canada as a marijuana nation one year later, exploring who’s using it and whether legalization is changing our perception of the plant. A pioneering woman rounds out the issue. A tribute to leading giraffe expert Anne Innis Dagg, penned by Canadian Geographic contributing editor Alanna Mitchell, delves into the work of the biologist who was the first to study the animal’s behaviour in the wild in Africa, but whose accomplishments went unrecognized for decades. Archeological digs, world-leading policies and a revolutionary woman — the September/october issue is all about breaking ground.
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Anne Innis Dagg at a conservation conference in Toronto in 2018 ( above). Archeologist Jenny Cohen screens excavated sediment on Calvert Island, B.C., where ancient human footprints have been discovered ( top).