An evidence of the OLDEST human activity in the Americas, dating back to a staggering 130,000 years ago, was discovered recently. The date completely tears up everything we thought we knew about human migration across the world, forcing us to rewrite history books.
This new revolutionary discovery has recently been published in the Journal Nature, sending a shockwave across the world, forcing us to rewrite—yet again—everything we thought we knew about the origins of life and human activity on Earth.
For a long time, the Clovis were considered the continent’s oldest indigenous culture, established in America some 13,000 years ago.
However, different scientific investigations were observing this hypothesis, which provide evidence of the presence of other primitive human groups 2,000 years before that.
But the recent discovery that was detailed in the journal Nature, by a team of American researchers is much more shocking and comes absolutely unexpected.
After finding an evidence of the use of stone tools, and fossil remains of a mastodon at an archaeological site in California, experts says that some of our human relatives have already migrated to the New World for approximately 130,000 years ago.
It was believed that humans arrived in the Americas around 24,000 years ago, according to the general consensus among experts. However, this new discovery is rewriting our history books.
“I realize that 130,000 years is a really old date and makes our site the oldest archaeological site in the Americas,” says Tom Deméré, the paleontologist at the San Diego Natural History Museum, who led the study. The team descirbed their analysis in Nature. “Of course, extraordinary claims like this require extraordinary evidence, and we feel like the Cerutti mastodon site presents this evidence.”
Experts did not excavate human remains at the site. They have uncovered evidence—a mastodon skeleton, bone flakes, and several large stones—which clearly shows that the area was something like a ‘bone quarry’, as Deméré and his colleagues explain. As article by National Geographic suggests, a still unknown hominin smashed fresh mastodon bones with stone hammers, in order to extract marrow or mine the skeleton for raw materials.
As experts excavated the bones, they have discovered that the curious indentations on the bones appeared to perfectly match various hammerstones, anvils and other tools found nearby.
Now, how did the scientists get a date of 130,000 years?
Precisely, 131,000 years. Experts used a state-of-the-art uranium dating technique which undoubtedly proves that the bones date back at least 131,000 years.
No known carnivore nor geological process in nature could have possibly made such marks on them, as experts further note.
However, this new study has provoked criticism among many scholars. Many of the experts in archaeology remain skeptical to the paper’s claims, and there are some who have rejected it completely.
“The earliest occupation of the Americas is a highly contentious subject,” says archaeologist John McNabb. “The date of the find at 130,000 years ago is a really big ask for archaeologists who are used to talking about 12, 13, 14,000 years ago. It’s a big, big time difference.”
Interestingly, the time difference which was suggested by the new study is so huge that completely TEARS UP everything we thought we knew about human migrations on Earth.
As noted by IFLScience Co-author Steven Holen, Co-Director of the Center for American Paleolithic Research said: “I expect there will be some extraordinary claims about how they got there. We expect criticism, and we are ready for it. I was skeptical when I first looked at it myself, but it’s definitely an archaeological site.”
It remains a profound mystery who these mystery people were. According to experts, they predate the Native Americans and even the Clovis people. Experts note that the mystery settlers were most likely modern humans, Homo sapiens sapiens, Homo neanderthalensis, or, perhaps, something else.