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Fascinating, politically incorrect science developments from the Pacific Northwest. From the Register

The ancient people who have long been thought to be the first humans to colonise North America were actually johnny-come-latelies, according to scientists… The new revelations come to us courtesy of Copenhagen university, where some of the investigating boffins are based. The scientists say that their results demonstrate conclusively their somewhat controversial thesis: that the “Clovis” culture dating from around 13,000 years ago – which has long been thought to be the earliest human society in the Americas – was actually preceded by human habitation at the Paisley caves in Oregon…

When it comes to the Indians, the Left’s unhelpful grievance industry is predicated on first-possession principles. But what if Native Americans aren’t, you know, the original native Americans? Or shared the continent with others?

According to a Copenhagen uni statement:

The new study refutes every one of the critics’ arguments and uses overwhelming archaeological, stratigraphic, DNA and radiocarbon evidence to conclusively state that humans — and ones totally unrelated to Clovis peoples — were present at Paisley Caves over a millennium before Clovis.

“During our excavations in the Paisley Caves we’ve found a completely different type of dart points,” enthuses Jenkins.

“These new points are of a completely different construction from those found in the Clovis culture. As our radiocarbon dating shows, the new finds are as old, or possibly older than the Clovis finds, this proves that the Clovis culture cannot have been the ‘Mother technology’ for all other technologies in America. Our results show, that America was colonized by multiple cultures at the same time. And some perhaps even earlier than Clovis.”

“Humans were present in North America at least one thousand years before Clovis and these earlier peoples probably had no technological or genetic similarity to the iconic Clovis Culture,” adds the prof’s colleague Thomas Stafford. “The Clovis First debate has ended. The theory is now dead and buried.”

#more#The New York Times, somewhat uncomfortably, asymptotically moves toward the same conclusion:

Stone spearheads and human DNA found in Oregon caves, anthropologists say, have produced firmer evidence that these are the oldest directly dated remains of people in North America. They also show that at least two cultures with distinct technologies — not a single one, as had been supposed — shared the continent more than 13,000 years ago . . .

The new research, based on the recent discovery of the artifacts and more refined radiocarbon dating tests, established that the cave dwellers who made the Western Stemmed points overlapped or possibly preceded the Clovis artisans elsewhere, the scientists reported in a paper published online Thursday by the journal Science.

“These two distinct technologies were parallel developments, not the product of a unilinear technological evolution,” the research team, led by Dennis L. Jenkins of the University of Oregon, concluded in the report. “The colonization of the Americas involved multiple technologically divergent, and possibly genetically divergent, founding groups.”

“Genetically divergent?” Remember Kennewick Man? Here’s anthropologist James C. Chatters:

On July 28, 1996 two young men encountered a human skull in the Columbia River at Kennewick, Washington. That evening I was contacted by Coroner Floyd Johnson, for whom I conduct skeletal forensics. I joined him at the site and helped police recover much of the skeleton. During the next month, under an ARPA permit issued by the Walla Walla District Corps of Engineers, I recovered more wave-scattered bones from the reservoir mud. Throughout the process, I maintained contact with the Corps, which interacted with two local Indian Tribes.

The completeness and unusually good condition of the skeleton, presence of caucasoid traits, lack of definitive Native-American characteristics, and the association with an early homestead led me to suspect that the bones represented a European settler.  I first began to question this when I detected a gray object partially healed within the right ilium. CT scans revealed the 20 by 54 mm base of a leaf-shaped, serrated Cascade projectile point typical of Southern Plateau assemblages from 8500 B.P. to 4500 B.P. However, similar styles were in use elsewhere in western North America and Australia into the nineteenth century. Nevertheless, the point raised the possibility of great antiquity, while the skeleton’s traits argued for the early nineteenth century. We either had an ancient individual with physical characteristics unlike later native peoples’ or a trapper/explorer who’d had difficulties with “stone-age” peoples during his travels. To resolve this issue, the Coroner ordered radiocarbon and DNA analyses.

(For the scientific meaning of “B.P.,” click here.)

The lack of head flattening from cradle board use, minimal arthritis in weight-bearing bones, and the unusually light wear on his teeth distinguish the behavior and diet of Kennewick Man from that of more recent peoples in the region… The man lacks definitive characteristics of the classic mongoloid stock to which modern Native Americans belong. The skull is dolichocranic (cranial index 73.8) rather than brachycranic, the face narrow and prognathous rather than broad and flat. Cheek bones recede slightly and lack an inferior zygomatic projection; the lower rim of the orbit is even with the upper. Other features are a long, broad nose that projects markedly from the face and high, round orbits. The mandible is v-shaped,with a pronounced, deep chin. Many of these characteristics are definitive of modern-day caucasoid peoples, while others, such as the orbits are typical of neither race. Dental characteristics fit Turner’s (1983) Sundadont pattern, indicating possible relationship to south Asian peoples…

The Kennewick discovery, along with other recent finds in Nevada, may significantly alter conventional views of how, when, and by whom the Americas were peopled. 

Einstein’s relativity theory, among other discoveries, teaches there is no such thing as “settled science,” and that the quest for truth is eternal. But, since we live in an age in which the Left has politicized everything, including (especially) science in an effort to cram their anti-Western, Luddite, suicidally regressive ideology down our throats, the Kennewick Man case immediately set off a political and legal controversy – some valuable thoughts about which you can read here.

The entire, ongoing episode is  a helpful reminder that “the narrative” is a politically correct and thus easily discarded media construct — if only right-thinking people have the courage to see it for what it is, and call it by name. We are, after all, all God’s children, no matter where we were born or our forefathers originated. Only an atheist Regressive would argue otherwise — and, since we’ve all had a bellyful of them over the past century, who cares what they think?  

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.


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