The first people appeared in North America 20 thousand years earlier: 30 thousand years ago

Researcher Andrew Somerville, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology of World Languages ​​and Cultures, says he and his

colleagues made the discovery by studying the origins of agriculture in the Tehuacan Valley in Mexico.

As part of the new work, the authors wanted to establishthe date of the earliest human settlement of Coxcatlan Cave in the Valley: they carried out radiocarbon analysis for the remains of a rabbit and deer that were found in the cave in the 1960s.

Age of bone samples at the base of the caveranged from 33.4 thousand to 28.2 thousand years. Somerville says that while previous research did not date the items from the bottom of the cave, he did not expect them to be that old.

The new data means that humans arrived in North America more than 30,000 years ago. This means that there were already settlements here before the period of the Last Glacial Maximum.

The new date shifts the appearance of the first people in North America by almost 20 thousand years.

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