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Study claims humans reached Americas 100,000 years earlier than thought

An archaeological site in California may have opened up a whole new chapter in the history of humans in the Americas. Researchers claim the site shows evidence of humans interacting with the bones of a mastodon – based on broken rocks and mastodon bones found in California – an ice age relative of elephants and mammoths.

Dating of the mastodon using the uranium-thorium method, suggests it to be 130,000 years old – 100,000 years earlier than the accepted date for the first human colonization of the Americas.