Who were the first Americans? This article in the Washington Post is causing a bit of a buzz:
At the height of the last ice age, Stanford says, mysterious Stone Age European people known as the Solutreans paddled along an ice cap jutting into the North Atlantic. They lived like Inuits, harvesting seals and seabirds.
The Solutreans eventually spread across North America, Stanford says, hauling their distinctive blades with them and giving birth to the later Clovis culture, which emerged some 13,000 years ago.
When Stanford proposed this “Solutrean hypothesis” in 1999, colleagues roundly rejected it. One prominent archaeologist suggested that Stanford was throwing his career away.
I wrote about Dennis Stanford and his controversial theory for NR more than ten years ago. A lot of new information has surfaced since, so if you’re into this question of American prehistory, by all means check out the Post article.
UPDATE: The second link is now fixed.