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Anthropology Unbound

When careful dating at the Monte Verde site in Chile finally smashed the Bering Strait paradigm (SF#112), it was if science had been unchained. Ideas and data that have long been suppressed in fear of professional retribution are now appearing. At the February 1998 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Philadelphia, anthropological heresies ran rampant.

(Lore, David; "Bering Strait May Not Have Been Only Route to Americas," Columbus Dispatch, February 17, 1998. Also: Gibbons, Ann; "Mother Tongues Trace Steps of Earliest Americans," Science, 279:1306, 1998.)

Comment. The Bering Strait fetters have been struck. Above we even see hints that ancient seafaring will soon be allowed.

Apparently epigraphic heresy, a la B. Fell, remains anathema. Also verboten: Pedra Furada, that 50,000-year-old site in Brazil. (SF#108, SF#105, SF#112)

From Science Frontiers #119, SEP-OCT 1998. 1998-2000 William R. Corliss

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