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Fossil footprints show humans in North America more than 21,000 years ago
nbc ^ | Sept. 23, 2021, 11:00 AM PDT

Posted on 09/24/2021 4:27:02 AM PDT by BenLurkin

The footprints at White Sands were dated by examining the seeds of an aquatic plant that once thrived along the shores of the dried-up lake, Ruppia cirrhosa, commonly known as ditchgrass. According to research published Thursday in the journal Science and co-authored by Bustos, the ancient ditchgrass seeds were found in layers of hard earth both above and below the many human footprints at the site, and they were radiocarbon-dated to determine their age.

The tracks at one location have been revealed as both the earliest known footprints and the oldest firm evidence of humans anywhere in the Americas, showing that people lived there 21,000 to 23,000 years ago — several thousand years earlier than scientists once believed.

Fossilized human footprints have now been found throughout the east of the national park, where the bed of a “paleo-lake,” which is now dry, supplies the gypsum-rich earth that is eroded by the wind to create the enormous white dunes for which the region is famous.

The term “Last Glacial Maximum” is how scientists refer to the height of the last ice age, about 20,000 to 26,000 years ago.

It has long been debated whether humans arrived in the Americas by a northern route from Siberia before or after the Last Glacial Maximum, when vast sheets of ice would have made migration along the Pacific Coast or through western Canada impossible.

The ancient footprints at White Sands answer that question, suggesting that they may have arrived up to 30,000 years ago, thousands of years before the height of the ice age,

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: ciprianardelean; clovis; fauxiantroll; fauxiantrolls; footprints; glaciation; godsgravesglyphs; iceage; mexico; migration; newmexico; origins; paleontology; solutrean; solutreans; trackway; trackways; uofzacatecas
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1 posted on 09/24/2021 4:27:02 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

“Fossilized human footprints have now been found throughout the east of the national park”

They wanted to arrive early and get a good parking spot. Kind of like the Griswolds. Unfortunately the park was closed for maintenance, but that’s another story.


2 posted on 09/24/2021 4:33:15 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Donate! Don't just post clickbait!)
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To: BenLurkin
"...people lived there 21,000 to 23,000 years ago..."

I take it these are the people that "native American" Indians exterminated when when they came here.

3 posted on 09/24/2021 4:45:22 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("You'll never hear surf music again" - J. Hendrix)
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To: BenLurkin

Gell that to Ken Ham!!


4 posted on 09/24/2021 4:46:17 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: SunkenCiv

Thought you might be interested


5 posted on 09/24/2021 4:46:20 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Larry Lucido

Huh?


6 posted on 09/24/2021 5:06:26 AM PDT by atc23 (The Matriarchal Society we embrace has led to masks and mandates.)
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To: BenLurkin

Try well over 100,000 years ago.


7 posted on 09/24/2021 5:07:35 AM PDT by atc23 (The Matriarchal Society we embrace has led to masks and mandates.)
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To: BenLurkin

Pre ‘Native Americans’? Can’t be...


8 posted on 09/24/2021 5:09:28 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: BenLurkin

It puzzles me how you can determine that a creature has a soul by looking at a footprint...


9 posted on 09/24/2021 5:09:47 AM PDT by babygene (hMake America Great Again)
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To: BenLurkin

WOW! Just yesterday they said 23,000. LOL!

https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3997572/posts

Have an awesome weekend.


10 posted on 09/24/2021 5:11:42 AM PDT by rktman (Destroy America from within? Check! WTH? Enlisted USN 1967 to end up with this? 😕)
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To: rktman

Never forget — “The science is settled.”


11 posted on 09/24/2021 5:16:02 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom ("If I’m going to get my political views from those who chase balls, I’ll ask my dog.")
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To: rktman

Hmmmm. “footprints” is exactly what I searched.


12 posted on 09/24/2021 5:19:48 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion, or satire. Or both.)
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To: atc23

No, if the joke didn’t land, I’m not going to explain it.


13 posted on 09/24/2021 5:26:24 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Donate! Don't just post clickbait!)
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To: Larry Lucido

Insert John Candy pic…


14 posted on 09/24/2021 5:29:03 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: BenLurkin; rktman; SunkenCiv

Well, whenever it was posted or published, hasn’t it been speculated for years that there were folks in north and south America for 20,000 years or longer? In other words, it doesn’t seem like there is anything new about this other than footprints. Am I wrong?


15 posted on 09/24/2021 5:32:06 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Donate! Don't just post clickbait!)
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To: EEGator

Yes! “The moose out front should have told you.”


16 posted on 09/24/2021 5:32:36 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Donate! Don't just post clickbait!)
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To: Psalm 73

Their ancestors. The genetics timeline matches up. Up till now the explanation for the different genetics of Native Americans was explained by the Berengia Standstill hypothesis. This find blows that up.

“In this scenario, the Asian emigrants probably reached Beringia before the full brunt of the Last Glacial Maximum, a period of glaciers and fierce cold that lasted from roughly 27,000–19,000 years ago. Once in Beringia, the emigrants could go no further, thanks to the ice sheets blocking the door to the rest of the Americas. Tamm’s group hypothesized that people were isolated in Beringia for up to 15,000 years until they could venture into the unknown lands to the east.” https://www.pnas.org/content/114/22/5554


17 posted on 09/24/2021 5:37:16 AM PDT by Varda
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To: BenLurkin

It’s an act of hubris and idiocy to think that people in the last ice age were somehow stupider or different in their wanderlust than people today. Today people build boats and navigate over the horizon in search of adventure. You can’t assume that, in 1,500 human generations that never happened. Of COURSE it happened ....many many times.


18 posted on 09/24/2021 5:49:35 AM PDT by nagant
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To: BenLurkin

LOL! Been there done that. Some folks may have missed the earlier one. Maybe it should have been on the New Mexico ping list too. :-}


19 posted on 09/24/2021 5:50:41 AM PDT by rktman (Destroy America from within? Check! WTH? Enlisted USN 1967 to end up with this? 😕)
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To: nagant

Exactly. There’s no land bridge from Southeast Asia to Australia, but the Aborigines arrived there some 50,000 years ago.

Due to the Ice Age the sea level of that time was up to 300 feet lower, making what is now Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo a vast peninsula, but even so, there were over the horizon water gaps that meant people made boats and went out to sea beyond any land the could see.

Similarly, people used boats to go up along the coast from Japan all the way to the Aleutians, which were much bigger because of the lowered sea level, and from there on to Alaska, the coast of Canada and eventually the rest of the Americas.

It would be a good life. Camps on the beach, plenty of seals and fish to hunt and eat, and adventure galore. They wouldn’t have to go the whole distance, either. Only a couple of ten miles per lifetime... It would only take 2000 or so years to go from the Aleutians to Tierra del Fuego.


20 posted on 09/24/2021 6:02:10 AM PDT by Alas Babylon! (Rush, we're missing your take on all of this!)
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