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Story of Human Origins in the Americas Now Getting Long-Overdue Rewriting

Even as Atlantis Rising Magazine has been among the few arguing that mainstream theories of how long humans have lived in the Americas are outdated, evidence on the point has continued to mount. Very slow to recognize the obvious, mainstream academia has continued to insist, and to be echoed by an ill-informed press, that the first humans (the so-called Clovis people) arrived about eleven thousand five hundred years ago by way of a land bridge from Siberia to Alaska. Now, however, even that bastion of scientific wisdom, Smithsonian Magazine has joined those who say humans were likely here thousands of years sooner than we have been told.

Citing research once thought “controversial,” such as at Monte Verde, Chile, and Buttermilk Creek in Texas, Smithsonian reporter Guy Gugliotta focuses on dramatic underwater discoveries in northern Florida’s Aucilla river. In the 1980’s archaeologists found tools and arrowheads near a tool-marked mastodon tusk dated to 14,500 years BP. Though the discoveries by a team from Florida’s Museum of Natural History subsequently passed the most rigorous of scientific scrutiny, they and their implications have been largely ignored by the establishment. A new investigation of the site, though, led by top archaeologists from Texas A&M University could be changing that; and in a major article in its February issue “When Did Humans Come to the Americas?” Smithsonian is reporting the details.

Among the difficult questions that the possibility of pre-Clovis humans in America forces academic science to consider seriously is, how did they get here? The Smithsonian report suggests that there could well have been several migrations, and some may well have been by sea. Once it is conceded that such ancient people could have navigated the oceans, many other questions will have to be answered, including just how much such ancient seafarers may have known, and where could they have learned it? Difficult days for academia may lie ahead.