I noticed in the last few days that a number of scientists and journalists are dismissive of the Holen paper (Link) [130,000 year old mastodon hunting site in California]. Many of the criticisms can be traced back to a handful of extremely vocal Clovis First or Beringia Standstill promoters such as David Meltzer, Don Grayson and Michael Waters. British Chris Stringer, a proponent of the recent African Origin Hypothesis, is highly cited and retweeted, even when he knows almost nothing about American archaeology.
In my view, this paper was carefully reviewed and has been published in the journal Nature. It is at least worthy of consideration. I doubt that in the two days since it has been published, that any of the journalists or scientists voicing deep skepticism about this paper have even had a chance to read it, let alone check into related source material. I therefore find the deep rejection of this paper by journalists and scientists such as Marc Kissel, Chris Stringer, Lizzie Wade, Kate Wong, Jennifer Raff, Maria Avila-Arcos, and Tom Higham, to be premature.
|More from Marc.|
|Says Chris Stringer, poster boy and talking head for British Paleoanthropology, who knows absolutely nothing about North or South American archaeology|
|Yes, Kate Wong talked to 7 skeptical archaeologists, such as David Meltzer, who continues to relentlessly push the Clovis First/Beringia Standstill Theory, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.|
Jennifer Raff, supposed skeptic and native American ancient DNA researcher, retweets Kate Wong.
|Maria Avila-Arcos, recent Stanford graduate, and ancient DNA researcher, retweets Lizzie Wade (who knows nothing about American archaeology)|
|Maria Avila-Arcos retweets skeptical comment by Chris Stringer (who knows nothing about American archaeology).|
Here's Maria Avila-Arcos explaining to a CARTA audience that humans arrived in the Americas 15,000 years ago. She cites Monte Verde dating as the reason for the date of 15,000 years ago. Oddly, the date for Monte Verde is 18,500 years ago, not 15,000 years ago, so the date Maria cites is off by 3,500 years. She's quite emphatic about the 15,000 year old date for entry of humans into the Americas, and doesn't bother to even hint that there are some sites in the Americas that might be older than Monte Verde.