Commentary on the Peopling of the New World

The Western Hemisphere. General term for the Americas following their discovery by Europeans, thus setting them in contradistinction to the Old World of Africa, Europe, and Asia.

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Commentary on the Peopling of the New World

Post by circumspice » Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:43 am

Long, fairly in-depth article on the peopling of the New World by Smithsonian Magazine. The comments section is as interesting as the article itself. Enjoy. ... 180973739/
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Re: Commentary on the Peopling of the New World

Post by Minimalist » Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:26 pm

Nice article, Circ.
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Re: Commentary on the Peopling of the New World

Post by Cognito » Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:33 pm

Thanks for the fascinating article, Spice! It is interesting that the area's isostatic rebound can be calculated so accurately with many of the shorelines now being about the same level as 20kya. A 400 foot sea level rise with a 400 foot rebound.
Ted Goebel, associate director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University, says that recent developments in genetics, coupled with the work of Fedje and his colleagues, have spurred his desire to search for early Americans in far-flung reaches of Alaska, including tributaries of the Yukon River and parts of the Seward Peninsula.

“Five years ago I would have told you that you were full of crap if you were suggesting that there were humans in Alaska or far Northeast Asia 20,000 or 25,000 years ago,” says Goebel. “But the more we hear from the geneticists, the more we really have to be thinking outside that box.”
I certainly hope the attitude among archaeologists is changing. :shock:

Boat voyages have been documented in Japan from 30kya. With the Japanese current flowing east to British Columbia and then south to California, it would feed an unintended, slow and continued migration of mariners to North America simply by accident. Just add a few women to the mix and watch the population boom! :D
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