Geology

130,000-year-old mastodon bones could rewrite story of how humans first appeared in the Americas

130,000-year-old mastodon bones could rewrite story of how humans first appeared in the Americas

Shattered mastodon bones from a Southern California site bear the scars of human activity from 130,700 years ago, a team of scientists says — pushing back the generally accepted date that humans are thought to have settled North America by a whopping 115,000 or so years.

If verified and corroborated by other scientists, the discovery described in the journal Nature could radically rewrite the timeline of when humans first arrived in the Americas.

“This is the first time there’s been a demonstrated archaeological site with all the bells and whistles,” said

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