The Ice Ages
Fourteen thousand years ago, when Lupe lived in the area, San Jose was a different place. There were no buildings or streets, and no highways or airports. San Jose was a large valley filled with grasses and trees. Very large animals like mammoths, horses and saber-tooth cats roamed the valley.
Paleontologists study fossils and the surrounding rocks to understand what San Jose was like in the past.
For more information about the Bay Area during the Ice Ages, read the San Francisco Bay: Interfacing ocean and rivers through time Powerpoint presentation by Jere Lipps of the UC Museum of Paleontology.
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