NEW YORK POST:
Scientists say they’ve found artifacts in Idaho that indicate people were living there around 16,000 years ago, providing new evidence that the first Americans entered their new home by following the Pacific coast.
The discovery also points to Japan as a possible origin or influence for the migration, said study leader Loren Davis of Oregon State University.
Other experts were split on what the findings mean and how old they are, not an unusual reaction in the contentious topic of early humans in the New World.
Davis and colleagues reported Thursday in the journal Science on their excavation of the Cooper’s Ferry site in western Idaho.
In the oldest part of the site, they found 43 flakes that had evidently been chipped off of stones in the process of making tools like those found in younger areas of the site. They also found four such flakes that had been modified to be used for a task like cutting or scraping, and pieces of bone that indicate discarded food, Davis said.