First Americans???

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The headline shouts Date limit set on first Americans, as in no earlier than 18,000 years ago according to genetic evidence. But read more closely and note the qualifications….

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  1. I have been asking this question for decades, and I’ve never even gotten a poor answer. Why is the date of the first humans in the Western Hemisphere so emotionally charged? What the heck is at stake?

  2. ” Why is the date of the first humans in the Western Hemisphere so emotionally charged? What the heck is at stake?”

    I am as mystified as you are. It alters nothing of any consequence, political or otherwise.

  3. 1) scientific careers are involved, a lot of theories are predicated on Clovis First & its cousins

    2) native americans lose moral ground if you push back human habitation to 30,000 years, but genetic evidence does not exist of their lineages…one might argue that this is the result of amerindian & na dene displacement of earlier peoples-which is something moderate native americans don’t want to admit. also, fundamentaists reject the whole out-of-asia thesis and assert primal autochthonous standing.

  4. “one might argue that this is the result of amerindian & na dene displacement of earlier peoples-which is something moderate native americans don’t want to admit. also, fundamentaists reject the whole out-of-asia thesis and assert primal autochthonous standing.”

    Ah, now that makes sense. On the one hand, you have the Native Americans trying to preserve for themselves the image of noble savages, untainted by the plague of conquest before the coming of the white man. On the other hand, you have the bible thumpers, trying to pretend that the world came into being just as it is a few thousand years ago …

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