November 25, 2002
BORDER PATROL:When People Fled Hyenas: Oversized Hyenas May Have Delayed Human Arrival in North America (Lee Dye, 11/20/02,
The Bering Land Bridge that the first Americans crossed into the New World from Siberia had been there for thousands of years before those first immigrants arrived, most likely around 12,000 years ago. Archaeological evidence suggests the bridge surfaced repeatedly for at least 40,000 years as seawater became trapped in glaciers during the last Ice Age.
North America was one of the last places on the planet to be populated by humans, and "there has to have been a series of things that kept people out of the New World until very, very late," [Christy] Turner says.
The evidence he and his colleagues have uncovered, he says, suggests that one player in that drama may have been a most unlikely, and yet terrifying, villain.
We just found the official mascot for The American Conservative.
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 25, 2002 9:57 PM