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I compiled these links for a post in another thread, but repost them here (see also the "in reply to" link):
Ancient Encounters: Kennewick Man and the First Americans Bones: Discovering the First Americans The Settlement of the Americas: A New Prehistory No Bone Unturned: The Adventures of a Top Smithsonian Forensic Scientist and the Legal Battle for Americas Oldest Skeletons The Riddle of the Bones: Politics, Science, Race, and the Story of Kennewick Man Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archaeology, and the Battle for Native American Identity

40 posted on 07/17/2004 5:56:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Unlike some people, I have a profile. Okay, maybe it's a little large...)
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Multiregionalist ping.
Ancient Humans Took Up Coastal Life
125,000 Years Ago, Study Suggests

May 3, 2000
Scientists say they have discovered the earliest well-dated example of an oyster bar: a fossil reef on Africa's Red Sea coast where ancestral humans apparently waded out to collect oysters, clams and crabs some 125,000 years ago... A site in South Africa also shows signs that ancient humans lived along a coast and harvested shellfish. The researchers noted evidence that this site is 10,000 years younger than the Eritrea site.
Despite the attempts to spin the results by folks quoted in the article, this is the evidence for a spread of a maritime culture into Africa from the Middle East.
The Ancient Tomb of a Young Child
November 1998
Now a Belgian archeological team has found the skeleton of a child in the Nile Valley of southern Egypt that may be as much as 80,000 years old. The site may well be Africa's oldest intentional burial... Pierre Vermeersch from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and his colleagues discovered the skeleton at Taramsa Hill. For hundreds of thousands of years, humans and more ancient hominids visited Taramsa to make stone tools, and Vermeersch had been tracking the progress of this industry... Though many stone tools were found near the body, none can be clearly associated with the burial. "We are in a place where they made hundreds of thousands of tools," says Vermeersch, "so everywhere, everything is full of artifacts." ...The slender bones and rounded forehead are clearly those of a modern human. The teeth and skull also resemble those of equally old human remains in both East Africa and the Middle East and suggest a connection, Vermeersch says, between these two populations.
On the way into Africa, a nomadic family experienced the loss of a child...

92 posted on 11/23/2004 10:46:08 AM PST by SunkenCiv ("All I have seen teaches me trust the Creator for all I have not seen." -- Emerson)
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