Clovis people

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'Tantalizing' Ancient Tool Found at Oregon Dig

Scraper may be oldest human artifact in the West

(Newser) - A small stone tool unearthed in eastern Oregon appears to be so ancient that the history of humans in the area may have to be rewritten, archaeologists say. The agate scraper found at a rock shelter was below a 15,800-year-old layer of ash from Mount St. Helens, making it... More »

Ancient Mystery Solved, Toddler's Remains Are Reburied

Boy's DNA helped point out origins of Native Americans

(Newser) - The 12,600-year-old remains of a toddler were reburied Saturday in a Native American ceremony after the boy's DNA pinpointed the ancient roots of today's American Indians and other native people of the Americas. The boy's remains were put back as close as possible to the original... More »

Infant's DNA Pinpoints Origins of First Americans

The Clovis people descended from Asians, not Europeans

(Newser) - The DNA from a single infant is shining a light on the true origins of the first Americans. The headline-generating research relies on the DNA of a child buried roughly 12,600 years ago, and establishes that the first North Americans were born to humans who came to the New... More »

Humans Reached America Earlier Than Believed

Archaeologists find 'oldest credible site' in North America

(Newser) - Archaeologists have found new evidence that pretty much proves humans were in the Americas as early as 15,500 years ago—around 1,500 years earlier than previously believed. Researchers have long believed that the first North Americans, referred to as the “Clovis” people, crossed the Bering Strait to... More »

Comet Crash Created Diamonds, Death

'Nanodiamond' discovery points to species-destroying collision 13,000 years ago

(Newser) - Newly discovered microscopic diamonds suggest that a comet crashed into North America 13,000 years ago, triggering devastating floods and fires that killed 35 species and wiped out human communities, reports the Los Angeles Times. Layers of "nanodiamonds," found in a number of regions in the country, were... More »

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