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Dave,

Love your blog. I'll try and catch this show and your comments as well. I also want to learn more about those principal ancestors as well, but I always end up missing these shows. Thanks for the heads up.

I also posted this on The Foyer, along with a link to you. Hope you don't mind.

Yes, Anon, I think it will be an interesting show. There are a lot of new archeological findings that are changing the standard "came across the land bridge 15,000 years ago" story, but few people are aware of this stuff because most of the books on the shelf at public libraries are 20 or 30 years old. This show should be a good update on what is new.

SCHEDULING NOTE: Nova airs at 8 p.m. PST in the West Coast markets I checked at the PBS site (Seattle, San Francisco, and LA) and I assume it will be the Stone Age Explorers episode off the PBS feed. It airs tonight at 7 p.m. MST on KUED, the SLC PBS station (that's two hours ahead of the West Coast showing). KBYU shows Nova on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. MST, but is not scheduled to air "America's Stone Age Explorers" until Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. MST.

Dave,

I didn't get to see the show, but did some reading online. Essentially I found out what your show notes indicate.

The DNA certainly seems to indicate that the Native Americans were from Asia, but at a much earlier date than we thought. I had no idea that anyone could make a trans-oceanic trip so long ago, even in short hops along the shoreline.

What I have observed, however, is how tough we humans are. The idea of walking from Nauvoo to Utah is daunting enough to me, but somehow people surpass that all the time. There were Eskimos and Laplanders living far, far north long before we bothered them with our modern ways. Who is to say that some folks made it over here before or during the last Ice Age?

About those Clovis points, I don't see a "Made in France" label on them. Independent discoveries are made all the time, so why can't the Americans come up with the same idea after a few thousand years of thinking about it.

My thought is that once a means of bringing those big hunks of meat down was found, that it caught on rapidly. The technology could travel much faster than the people, which might explain the sudden appearance of Clovis points across the continent—and the sudden disappearance of the ultra-large game.

they didn't find any links between native americans and ancient israel?!!!! i wish that these so-called scientists would check their facts!

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