Topic ID #21454 - posted 7/12/2012 3:34 PM

As Old as Clovis Sites, but Not Clovis: Paisley Caves Yields Western Stemmed Points, More Human DNA



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As Old as Clovis Sites, but Not Clovis: Paisley Caves, Oregon Yields Western Stemmed Points, More Human DNA

ScienceDaily (July 12, 2012) — Archaeological work in Oregon's Paisley Caves has found evidence that Western Stemmed projectile points -- darts or thrusting spearheads -- were present at least 13,200 calendar years ago during or before the Clovis culture in western North America.

In a paper in the July 13 issue of Science, researchers from 13 institutions lay out their findings, which also include substantial new documentation, including "blind-test analysis" by independent labs, that confirms the human DNA pulled earlier from human coprolites (dried feces) and reported in Science (May 9, 2008) dates to the same time period.


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