Archaeological Shocker: First Americans Were Here Over 130 Thousand Years Ago
The idea that modern humans, or even Neanderthals, could have been present in America over twelve thousand years ago has long been controversial, and discoveries that support that argument have been denied, discredited, or disregarded by conventional science. Extraordinary new findings in California, however, are making the case that more than 130 thousand years ago someone used stone tools to break the bones of mastodons. The intent, it is speculated, would have been to extract the nutritious bone marrow. According to archaeologist Steven Holen, as reported by the prestigious science website NewScientist.com, the evidence is “fairly conclusive.”
The magnitude of the discovery is difficult to overstate. “We often hear statements in the media that a new study changes everything we knew,” Chris Stringer, of London’s Natural History Museum told NewScientist. “If this result stands up to scrutiny, it does indeed change everything we thought we knew about the earliest human occupation of the Americas.”
The site, scientists believe, could be the work of Neanderthals or Denisovans rather than modern humans, but, still, it shatters all conventional time lines. It is worth remembering, though, that, as has been reported in Atlantis Rising, this is certainly not the first evidence of extreme antiquity in the Americas. In the 1960s, for example, at Hueyatlaco, a site near Puebla in central Mexico, archaeologists found stone tools dating even farther back. The discovery was so controversial at the time that Dr. Virginia Steen-McIntyre, a highly respected scientist who did the dating study, found her career in virtual tatters. There have been other similar cases.
The importance of such evidence is that it greatly expands the interval in which humans would have had time to evolve and to build civilizations, like, say, Atlantis.
Canadians Over 13 Thousand
Score another point for ‘mythology’ over science. For thousands of years, the indigenous Heiltsuk Nation of British Columbia has relayed an oral tradition from generation to generation that its ancestors escaped the harsh conditions of the Ice Age on a temperate island off the coast of Canada. Now archaeologists, once convinced that no humans were in North America before 12,000 years ago, are facing powerful new evidence that the Heiltsuk may have been right all along.
In 2016 Alishu Gauvreau an archaeologist from the University of Victoria led a dig on Triquet Island on the Canadian coast. Artifacts from that excavation, including a spear tip and mastodon rib bone, have included charcoal flakes dating between 13,613 and 14,086, making them among the oldest ever found in Canada.
Where academia once accepted without question that the first Americans arrived from Asia over an ice-free land bridge from Siberia to Alaska, the new thinking is leading many to believe it is more likely that early Americans arrived by boat. Even with those concessions, though, discoveries from South Carolina to Brazil, to Chile, are eroding the conventional wisdom as never before.
Tasmanian Tigers Still Around?
While public debate over the existence of Bigfoot rages on (see Todd Prescott’s article on page 32 in this issue), another species declared extinct by the powers that be, is making signs of reappearing.
The so-called Tasmanian tiger (officially dubbed the ‘thylacine’) was not believed to have survived the twentieth century, when, as late as 1933, it could still be found in zoos. Along with the water opossum, the thylacine was one of only two marsupials with a pouch for both sexes. It resembled a dog with tiger-like stripes on its backside.
A trio of Australian hunters reportedly filmed the elusive creature in Tasmania in 2015. The three held a press conference in late 2017 in Hobart, Tasmania, to display their evidence consisting of grainy images that seem, at best, rather inconclusive; nevertheless, the event went viral on the Internet. Their quest, say the hunters, will continue and, as with Bigfoot, doubtless so too will the sightings.