Topic ID #10063 - posted 3/24/2011 1:12 PM

Tools Suggest Earlier Human Arrival in America



Jennifer Palmer

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Tools Suggest Earlier Human Arrival in America
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
Published: March 24, 2011

For many years, scientists have thought that the first Americans came here from Asia 13,000 years ago, during the last ice age, probably by way of the Bering Strait. They were known as the Clovis people, after the town in New Mexico where their finely wrought spear points were first discovered in 1929.

But in more recent years, archaeologists have found more and more traces of even earlier people with a less refined technology inhabiting North America and spreading as far south as Chile.

And now clinching evidence in the mystery of the early peopling of America — Clovis or pre-Clovis? — for nearly all scientists appears to have turned up at a creek valley in the hill country of what is today central Texas, 40 miles northwest of Austin.


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Post ID#18611 - replied 3/25/2011 3:40 AM



Jennifer Palmer

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Thanks for the links. I've been seeing this reported on and blogged now all over the place, and widely shared on Facebook. NPR also ran a segment on it this morning: http://www.npr.org/2011/03/25/134832701/texas-find-turns-back-clock-on-settlers-in-america

Post ID#18612 - replied 3/25/2011 8:25 AM



Charlie Hatchett

Thanks Jennifer. Though the paper costs, the supplement is free:

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/331/6024/1599/suppl/DC1

Post ID#18613 - replied 3/25/2011 10:20 AM



Jennifer Palmer

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Post ID#18614 - replied 3/25/2011 8:03 PM



Charlie Hatchett

Post ID#18615 - replied 3/25/2011 9:05 PM



Charlie Hatchett


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