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Christopher Blackwell
Humans in America perhaps 130,000 years ago.
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:18pm
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130,000-year-old mastodon bones could rewrite story of how humans first appeared in the Americas
Mastodon discovery

San Diego Natural History Museum paleontologist Don Swanson points to a rock fragment near the remains of a large mastodon tusk found in southern San Diego. The discovery could dramatically reshape scientists' understanding of how and when humans came to the Americas. (San Diego Natural History Museum)
Amina Khan Amina Khan Contact Reporter

Shattered mastodon bones from a Southern California site bear the scars of human activity from 130,700 years ago, a team of scientists says — pushing back the generally accepted date that humans are thought to have settled North America by a whopping 115,000 or so years.

If verified and corroborated by other scientists, the discovery described in the journal Nature could radically rewrite the timeline of when humans first arrived in the Americas.

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-americas-first-humans-20170426-story.html

    • offshoots of hominid inhabiting every corner of the globe. "Native" Americans probably wiped them out when they migrated across the Alaskan land bridge.
      • Hard to say, but the land bridge the is out now.Christopher Blackwell, Fri Apr 28 9:55pm
        News Junkie, as is moving through that break between the two glacier masses. Studies of the gap near that time period that age don't show enough food sources to support such a long trek. So now the... more
      • than about 15,000 BCE. At least there is no evidence that I could find. By 15,000 BCE the only hominid species left alive was Homo sapiens , the rest being extinct. If you can find earlier evidence... more
        • There were multiple migrations out of AfricaNews Junkie, Fri Apr 28 3:04pm
          "Homo erectus migrated from out of Africa via the Levantine corridor and Horn of Africa to Eurasia during the Early Pleistocene, possibly as a result of the operation of the Saharan pump, around 1.9... more
          • Multiple migrations out of AfricaDFM, Fri Apr 28 4:27pm
            Yes, there were. But the Bering Land Bridge was not above the water at all times. It was alternately flooded and emerged and its periods of emergence might not overlap the presence of these... more
            • Of course physical evidence is the gold standardNews Junkie, Fri Apr 28 4:51pm
              I'm just saying that it's really not believable that the various Hominid species that colonized all of Asia, Europe and Africa, and also mastered the use of fire and stone tools would not in the over ... more
              • 1. The Bering Land Bridge may not have been out of water when they might have available to cross. 2. They may have tried and failed to conquer the severe Arctic conditions. Remember, Homo is an... more
              • You bring up a good point.Christopher Blackwell, Fri Apr 28 10:08pm
                News Junkie, However you can bet that when such news evidence comes up, it will be resisted for years by academics whose reputations were based on earlier discovered in the past and earlier theories... more
                • Ocean CurrentsNews Junkie, Sat Apr 29 6:46am
                  If hominids had gotten into the water, whether on purpose or by accident, anywhere along the east coast of Asia, the North Pacific ocean current would likely have delivered them to the west coast of... more
                  • Dead pre-sapiens could not colonize.DFM, Sat Apr 29 6:39pm
                    It take huge preparation to set up a raft for habitation for six months or so. DFM
                  • Another pointNews Junkie, Sat Apr 29 6:52am
                    Even if 100 percent of hominids perished (didn't know how to catch fish or whatever) while being carried by the North Pacific current from Asia to America, their bones would still be found along the... more
    • Not a chance of being true.DFM, Thu Apr 27 12:55pm
      http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/04/mastodons-americas-peopling-migrations-archaeology-science/ “When you put the total package together, there’s certainly more evidence to reject [the study]... more
      • Ah, the Arrogance of the White ManChristopher Blackwell, Thu Apr 27 5:26pm
        DFM, so certain that they know more than anyone else. They would never dream of asking the Natives about what history that they had knowledge of. I published one story recently of two ships lost... more
      • The last ice ageContrarian, Thu Apr 27 1:02pm
        Did it reach Southern California? How long did it last. I can accept hominids were pushed south and live in the area.
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