Colorado Site Suggests Humans in North America for 45,000 Years 12.15.11   Search

An Apparent Meat Cache Rewrites Human History in North America

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A mountain lake near Snowmass, Colorado, yields 45,000-year-old evidence that humans cached mastodon meat under the cold water, intentionally weighted down by boulders. Bones show stone tool marks, not gnaw marks. The boulders were on the skeletons, not randomly scattered in their natural locations, as would be expected. Humans, in the presence of dire wolves and short-faced great bears, would not make jerky to carry with them. Cold-water storage was an obvious solution. If the evidence is confirmed, humans were in North America 30,000 years before others crossed the land bridge from Asia, as current understandings have it.

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