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The first Americans: Clues to an ancient migration

An archaeological site in California may have opened up a whole new chapter in the history of humans in the Americas. Researchers claim the site shows evidence of humans interacting with the bones of a mastodon, an ice age relative of elephants and mammoths. New dating suggests the site may be 130,000 years old – 100,000 years earlier than the accepted date for the first human colonisation of the Americas.

Read the paper here: http://nature.com/articles/doi:10.1038/nature22065.

And a News & Views article here: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v544/n7651/full/544420a.html.

26 April 2017