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Long Ago Yukon to present speaker

“Bones, cut marks and stone tools – A human presence in the Yukon 24 000 years ago”

By Photo Submitted on April 12, 2019

“Bones, cut marks and stone tools – A human presence in the Yukon 24 000 years ago” is the talk Dr. Lauriane Bourgeon, from the University of Montreal, will give at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre. It will be a free Long Ago Yukon community event.

Bourgeon’s research delves into landmark evidence for the earliest confirmed dates for human habitation in the Canadian Arctic to date.

She studied animal bones found decades earlier at the famous Bluefish Caves near Old Crow. Her goal was to find evidence of early human presence in Beringia, a continent-sized area that stretched from Siberia to the Mackenzie River delta during the last Ice Age.

The butchered bones she painstakingly found were sent off to an Oxford radiocarbon laboratory for dating.

The most ancient date returned was of a 24,000-year-old horse jawbone. This confirmed the presence of the early ancestors of First Nations peoples there 10,000 years earlier than the previously oldest accepted human occupation sites in Alaska or the Yukon.

This also supports the Beringia Standstill theory. That suggests some ancient people endured the hostile conditions of the Last Glacial Maximum in isolation in the relatively hospitable Beringia before moving southward past glacial barriers into the heartland of North America as conditions improved.

Archaeological evidence of their presence had been elusive until now.

Comments (4)

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Patti Eyre on Apr 18, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Jim's ignorance reminds me of the holocaust. If I said, so tired of anybody bringing that stuff up, the past is the past is the past, we are all the same now! What would people say about that comment? I would be despised and hated. There is nothing wrong with honouring the past. I think it is a good thing!

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Jim on Apr 15, 2019 at 8:10 pm

So tired of the long ago people crap. Were all descendants, the more science, the more proof, all lines and genetics are blurred. Tired of showing preferential treatment to some who feel more entitled than others.

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Brian on Apr 14, 2019 at 7:44 am

So, the Han Chinese were traveling through at this time. Which then due to landlock, became ancestral Native Americans (18,000 yrs ago) which then developed another branch of Ancient Beringians (14,000 yrs ago) which evolved into Northern Native Americans which in turn interbred with the Paleo Eskimo (whose genetics are Eurasians and Siberian) which branches into Inuit and Athabaskan. So even 14,000 years ago European genetics were traversing this land.
Long ago people.
Eventually we need to put down the flags we’re trying to stake in the ground and except that Mother Earth doesn’t recognize our Political and Inherit differences. We’re all a big family.

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Josey Wales on Apr 13, 2019 at 8:17 am

Most probably ancestors, to assume that is junk science.
Good science proves their claims with clear and concise evidence.
“Their” ancestors were not the only ones eating meat and carving up critters. Every version of everyone’s ancestors did that or perish they would.

Before the cultural supremacists minions attack ....”most probably....” is an important part of the context.

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