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Texas Site Pushes Back Known Settlement Date For North America 149

Posted by timothy
from the everything's-older-in-texas dept.
Velcroman1 writes "The discovery of ancient stone tools at an archaeological dig in Texas could push back the presence of humans in North America, perhaps by as much as 2,500 years. The find was located 5 feet below materials left by the well-known Clovis culture, which was once thought to have been the first American settlers around 13,000 years ago. It was 'like finding the Holy Grail,' Waters said in a telephone interview. To find what appears to be a large open-air campsite 'is really gratifying. Lucky and gratifying.'"
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Texas Site Pushes Back Known Settlement Date For North America

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 24, 2011 @03:52PM (#35603208)
    Wow!! Mental note to walk on egg shells when ever Daniel Dvorkin is around.

    Or better yet, as with any debate, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. As the claimant, the burden of proof is on you to show that a professional is falsifying data. If you're unable to do so, withdraw your claims.

    I'm just saying that [logical fallacy]...

    What are your credentials and what professional experience do you have as an archaeologist that you're able to make informed observations on the age of the artifacts that are uncovered?
  • Re:Too bad (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Remloc (1165839) on Thursday March 24, 2011 @04:15PM (#35603520)
    Many parts of Dallas swing Democrat as well. (I live there).

    Of course, most TX Democrats would be considered Independents anywhere but TX or UT.

  • by billstewart (78916) on Thursday March 24, 2011 @04:29PM (#35603734) Journal

    The Texas find is interesting, because it's dealing with settlement of North America, but to me the India find in the same article was much more interesting. Acheulian stone tool designs in India at 1.5 million years BC, saying humans migrated out of Africa at least 100,000 years earlier than we thought! That difference is a lot longer than the time modern Cro-Magnons have been around.

  • Re:Too bad (Score:2, Interesting)

    by meerling (1487879) on Thursday March 24, 2011 @06:56PM (#35605974)
    I lived in Austin for a year. The stupidity level was worse than radiation at Chernobyl. Austin is not, in my opinion, a place worth living in.

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