[Taxacom] Possible early humans in New World

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Thu Apr 27 14:30:36 CDT 2017

I think these are all good riddles. Until there is something more along the
lines of unequivocal evidence the answers, like the questions, will remain
rhetorical. As for modern humans radiating out of Africa (assuming they did
just that) only about 100,000 years ago it is perhaps more correct to say
this occurred by about 100,000 years (i.e. it is a minimal estimate, like
all fossil records). Until the floresiensis whateveritis fossil turned up
who was to know that it was there to be discovered?

The elder Leakey once did a dig somewhere in California, I think, finding
stone 'tools' but these could not be categorically distinguished from
natural formations from erosional processes.

All quite intriguing. Perhaps it will prove to be a storm in a teacup.

John Grehan

On Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 3:10 PM, Fred Schueler <bckcdb at istar.ca> wrote:

> On 4/27/2017 12:41 PM, John Grehan wrote:
>> Some of you may have seen the reports of evidence for humans in N America
>> 100,000 or so years ago. Indications of butchering of mammoths. Of course
>> such indirect evidence is always problematic. One critic felt that the
>> Bering strait was too wide at that time (always the Bering strait as if no
>> other option was available). Answer - boats, boats, boats. After all, what
>> was good enough for Homo erectus (found at locations isolated by water) is
>> good enough for H. sapiens (or whatever).
> * riddle me this taxacomers - if people were in North America 130,000
> years ago, where did they go? Did they have descendants in the subsequent
> 117,000 years? Why did Clovis have descendants and these hypothetical folks
> didn't? Is there another case of People showing up on a continent and then
> disappearing?
> Shawn Carlson wrote about this on facebook: "It's a great question. And a
> very significant problem, I think. Modern humans radiated out of Africa
> only about 100,000 years ago. That means that this other group would have
> been alone in a land with lots of space and resources for something like
> 100,000 years. They must have gone extinct a long time ago or their
> artifacts would have accumulated. There are over 1 billion stone tools in
> France because the land was continuously occupied for over 90,000 years. If
> North America had been occupied for a similar amount of time, farmers
> couldn't plow their fields without turning over stone tools."
> fred.
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