“Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago, researchers reported Thursday.
The first footprints were found in a dry lake bed in White Sands National Park in 2009. Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey recently analyzed seeds stuck in the footprints to determine their approximate age, ranging from around 22,800 and 21,130 years ago.
The findings may shed light on a mystery that has long intrigued scientists: When did people first arrive in the Americas, after dispersing from Africa and Asia?
Most scientists believe ancient migration came by way of a now-submerged land bridge that connected Asia to Alaska. Based on various evidence — including stone tools, fossil bones and genetic analysis — other researchers have offered a range of possible dates for human arrival in the Americas, from 13,000 to 26,000 years ago or more.” Oregonlive
Comment: What is an “Indian?” We have been conditioned to believe that the peoples we call “native Americans” are an ethnic group from whom we “stole” the Americas. This is baloney. In fact they are many nations, distinct from each other genetically and linguistically. Their customs vary widely. They were and are as distinct as groups as ethnic nations are in Africa or Central Asia. For example, anyone who thinks the various “nations” of Afghanistan are one people is just wrong.
My ancestors started interacting with “native Americans” in the early 17th Century in what is now New England. Sometimes the Indians were friends and allies and at other times the colonists were at war with some groups but always they had “Indian” allies numbered in the hundreds from other groups (tribes).
Were the people who left these fossilized tracks “Indians?” All too often ancient remains in North America have been claimed by some “Indian” group or other as ancestors often after court battles. This is a sad deluded political joke. pl
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