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Late Date for Siberian Site Challenges Bering Pathway

Science  25 Jul 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5632, pp. 450-451
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5632.450

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On page 501, new evidence, some claim, casts a shadow over the theory that Asian big-game hunters crossed the Bering Land Bridge to give rise to the Clovis people, who were considered the first Americans. New dates show that a crucial Siberian site, thought to be a way station along the Bering road, wasn't occupied until after the Clovis had begun killing mammoths in North America.