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News Junkie
Of course physical evidence is the gold standard
Fri Apr 28, 2017 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 one million years that followed also find their way to America, before being overtaken and wiped out by H. Sapiens.

If I were a researcher I would expect to eventually find evidence. It's only a matter of time before they do. For example, they had to dig pretty deep to uncover the "earliest human settlement":

"Most of the artefacts were recovered from the loess of Cave II at a depth comprised between about 30 to 155 cm." source

If that depth corresponds to 25,000 years ago, then assuming a constant rate of deposition of sediment they might have to dig 1200-6200 cm (39-200 ft) deep to find artifacts that are 1 million years old. Maybe less if soil becomes compacted over time.

  • 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 standard — News Junkie, Fri Apr 28 4:51pm
      • 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
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