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The orogrande, nm, site

The discovery in a New Mexico cave of numerous stone artifacts, hearths, butchered animal bones and a clay fragment dating back at least 35,000 years could provide proof that the Americas were inhabited long before the generally accepted date of 12,000 years ago, believes Richard MacNeish, research director of the Andover, Mass., Foundation for Archaeological Research. An article in the Baltimore Sun stated:

"The most solid proof of human presence earlier than 12,000 years ago may be a piece of a clay pot that appears to have a human fingerprint.

"The shard was found in a layer of sediment that has been dated as being 35,000 years old. If confirmed as human, it could be the key to the findings, some archaeologists say."

(Chandler, David L.; "Dig Finds Signs of Humans in N.M. 35,000 Years Ago," Baltimore Sun, p. 3A, May 6, 1991.)

Comment. It is certain that these discoveries will be disputed -- and rightfully so. Even if they stand, it takes a generation to erase a false paradigm from the roster of science.

From Science Frontiers #76, JUL-AUG 1991. � 1991-2000 William R. Corliss