First Humans Arrived In Americas 130000 Years Ago, Controversial Study Claims

Posted: Apr 27 2017, 4:41am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

First Humans Arrived in Americas 130000 Years Ago, Controversial Study Claims
A researcher holds a mastodon molar fragment found under a rock anvil discovered at the California site. Credit: San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Study proves that the First Humans Arrived in North America about 130,000 Years Ago

A novel study has proven that the first humans arrived in North America about 130,000 years ago.

In prehistoric times, a species of humans – probably Neanderthals or some other kind of hominids – were present in what is today the State of California. We are talking about a time 130,000 years in the past.

This claim has been made after a careful study of mastodon bones in the vicinity of San Diego. If this theory turns out to be true, it could radically change our views about how early man spread throughout the planet.

Erstwhile claims have said that the earliest human beings in the Americas were extant 15,000 years ago. Gene studies also corroborate the fact that these were the ancestors of Native Americans who arrived in America from Asia.

The fact that human beings were present approximately 100,000 years earlier shows that they may not have been linked with any other group.

Modern human beings did not expand from the standard origins in Africa till about 50,000 to 80,000 years ago. The only explanation left behind is that these early humans were probably Neanderthals.

All sorts of questions have been asked up until now. Who were these people?

What species did they belong to? While several experts were fascinated by the research, there were the usual critics who were skeptical about the whole deal.

They pointed out gaps in the research. Some even said that there were bad research methods behind the study. The mastodon bones had been dug up in 1992.

The other bone fragments that were unearthed showed that they too came from a single mastodon. Near the animal were five stones. The bones of the mastodon had been broken.

Re-enactments of the scene using stones and elephant bones showed that what occurred was very real. It could not have been the work of carnivorous predators that broke the mastodon’s bones.

Scratch marks were found on the rocks. It was ultimately estimated that people brought the stones and hit the mastodon with them. They got the marrow out of the mastodon bones via these stones.

Parts of the bones were also used to make tools. All this could not have taken place naturally. A human agent was necessary in the mix. Tests revealed the bones to be 130,000 years old. So the humans were living at such an early prehistoric time too.

The whole scheme of human beings arriving in the Americas will have to be revised and updated thanks to this new piece of research that got published in the journal Nature.

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