Palm Beach County’s library system will host a series of events in February to celebrate Black History Month.
The events will include musical performances and discussions of books, film and history.
A kickoff event, scheduled to be held at 1 p.m. on February 4 at the main library at 3650 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach, will include performances by the Bak Middle School of the Arts Step Team. Jazz saxophonist Shenole Latimer will lead an exploration of jazz, which will be followed by a discussion of the music of the civil rights movement led by Naima Johnston Bush.
Other events will be held at various branch locations throughout the county. More information on those events and on how to register for them can be found here.
No one has seen a Caribbean monk seal for six decades, and none have been sighted in Florida in nearly a century.
Now archaeologists say they have found a prehistoric tooth from the extinct animal along the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach. They say it’s the first evidence ever that the seal lived in what’s now Palm Beach County, which was mostly uninhabited — at least by white settlers — until the late 1800s.
Archeologists from the Broward County-based Archaeological and Historical Conservancy found the tooth last month, executive director Robert S. Carr told the Palm Beach Post Tuesday from Davie. He said his group is “99.9 percent sure” it’s from one of the long-gone seals; “the tooth is “very distinctive.”
He said it’s 500 to 1,000 years old.
Carr also said in a press release that the seal’s “occurrence at a prehistoric site in Palm Beach indicates that it was also hunted by prehistoric peoples including the Jeaga. He added that monk seal remains in Florida “are rare, but also have been found (at) Tequesta sites at the mouth of the Miami River and other sites along the Florida coast and the Bahamas.”