Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Arlington Man of the Channel Islands

    National Park Service

     "Arlington Springs Man lived at the end of the Pleistocene when the
     four northern Channel Islands were all still united together as one
     mega-island, and the climate was much cooler than today. The evidence
     that people had arrived on that island by 13,000 years ago demonstrates
     that watercraft were in use along the California coast at that early date
     and lends support for a theory that the earliest peoples to enter the
     Western Hemisphere may have migrated along the Pacific coast from
     Siberia and Alaska using boats. Recent radiocarbon dating by Dr. Larry
     Agenbroad of pygmy mammoth fossils from Santa Rosa Island suggests
     that the last of these unique mammals may have been present on the
     island at the time the first humans arrived."

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