Thursday, May 08, 2008

Another clue to the first Americans

A scientific team has dated seaweed and other food remains at Chile's Monte Verde archaeological site to more than 14,000 years ago. It's another bullet in the surprisingly resilient corpse (not to editorialize or anything) of the paradigm holding that the first Americans, the pre-Clovis people, didn't set foot on the continent until about 12,000 years ago. A rise in sea levels since that era may have inundated most of the evidence of a people who moved by sea down the west coast of the Americas, leaving the sotry to be pieced together at scattered sites such as Monte Verde, 500 miles south of Santiago.

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