Fascinating new evidence about the first Americans. I’d say this is of political as well as academic import, because there is a fringe discourse in United States politics that claims Native Americans aren’t really descendants of the ‘original’ settlers of the continent, and therefore – by strange contortion of the logic of causality – the crimes and atrocities committed against them by Spanish and English settlers should count for even less than the minute amount it already does.
The remains that prove people of Asian origin came to the US and became its first settlers were found at the bottom of an underwater cave called the Hoyo Negro. Along with human bones – that led to the reconstruction of the teenage girl Naia – the dark cave holds bones of “at least 26 Ice-age animals”. Thrilling, isn’t it? Almost like The Lost World, but this time, the real deal.
Here are crucial snapshots from the article, all taken from the National Geographic online archive.