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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Old Ass Americans 

No...not the AARP.

I mean Americans from a really, really long time ago!

No...not George Washington. I mean people who lived on this continent before it was "discovered" by white people! GASP!
An archaeologist from the University of South Carolina on Wednesday announced radiocarbon tests that dated the first human settlement in North America to 50,000 years ago -- at least 25,000 years before other known human sites on the continent.
Pretty fascinating stuff.
Scientists and volunteers at the site in Allendale have unearthed hundreds of possible implements, many appearing to be stone chisels and tools that could have been used to skin hides, butcher meat or carve antlers, wood and ivory. The tools were fashioned from a substance called chert, a flint-like stone found in the region.
It'll be interesting to see how this one plays out. There is only evidence of humans, not remains like with our recent hobbit discovery. Pretty neat, though.

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