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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).

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