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A mastodon skeleton on display in a diorama with a model of a Native American. | Kevin Saff/Wikimedia Commons
Archaeology

Earliest Evidence of First Americans Could ‘Change Everything’ If True

An ancient mastodon's remains are at the center of a heated scientific debate that could dramatically change our understanding of early human history in the Americas.

Published On 04/26/2017
1:56 PM EDT
Mastodon remains and stones found at the Cerutti Mastodon site. | San Diego Natural History Museum
Recreation of a Neanderthal. Paul Hudson
Mastodon remains at the Cerutti Mastodon site. | San Diego Natural History Museum
Illustration of early Native Americans. | G. Mülzel