Humans in Eastern North America
For at least a decade a war has been raging in academia. The four largest armies are those that believe Asiatic people first walked to America around 13,500 years ago across a land bridge from Siberia; those who believe humans first paddled from Asia much earlier and later, after the land bridge flooded; those who believe that humans either walked are paddled to the Americas from Europe; and those who believe that humans crossed the northern edge of the Atlantic Ocean in both directions.
The farther back one travels in time before eyewitnesses were able to record events, the more theoretical the understanding of the past becomes. When groups of anthropologists agree on a certain description of the prehistoric past, it is still a theory. There may be evidence to support the theory, but there also may be evidence that completely contradicts it that has not been discovered. Nevertheless, there is a tendency of North American anthropologists to label a theory, a fact, if a significant percentage of their profession agrees with the theory. Having a room full of academicians agree on a theory still does not make it an absolute fact.
It is known that large herds of mastodons, giant bison, giant sloths, giant elk, giant beavers, sabertooth tigers, members of the camel-alpaca family and primitive horses concentrated in the Great Appalachian Valley that ran from Pennsylvania southward to Georgia and Alabama, but little is known about the humans that hunted them. They could have been the ancestors of modern American Indians. They could have been more closely related to Europeans. They could have been hybrids. They could have been the red-haired giants of Scandinavian mythology and Midwestern speculation. Homo erectus or Homo sapiens neanderthalensis could have once roamed eastern North America. Right now most of what is known is coming from archaeological sites in western Pennsylvania and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
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