New radiocarbon testing on 27 skulls that were found in Mexico 100 years ago shows some of them are almost 13,000 years old, the oldest found so far in the Americas. Domestic tools 14,500 years old have been discovered in Chile, but no human remains were found with them. The two oldest skulls are long and narrow, while more recent skulls are short and broad, like those of American Indians. This suggests that a race of narrow-headed humans were living in the Americas before the arrival of the ancestors of present-day Native Americans. Before this, archeologists thought Indians were the first people to arrive on the continent, by way of a temporary land bridge from Asia.
Dr. Silvia Gonzalez says, "We believe that the older race may have come from what is now Japan, via the Pacific islands and perhaps the California coast. Mexico appears to have been a crossroads for people spreading across the Americas. Our next project is to examine remains found in the Baha peninsula of California, and look at their DNA to see if they are related. But this discovery, although it is very significant, raises more questions than it solves."
Scientific analysis of early indigenous skeletons found in the U.S. has not progressed as far, because of laws which give Native American tribes rights to all remains found on their property so they can be given a ceremonial burial. Gonzalez says, "My research could have implications for the ancient burial rights of north American Indians."
If you listen to Dreamland, this news won?t surprise you, since we interviewed two researchers on October 19 about their evidence that prehistoric man explored the world by ship. Read the details in ?How the Sun God Reached America,? click here.
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