First Americans 'took break' for 10,000 years

March 3, 2014 3:40 PM

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First Americans 'took break' for 10,000 years

That's how long the first human settlers stayed in Beringia — the region that once bridged Siberia and Alaska — before inhabiting North America about 15,000 years ago, according to a new scientific paper by University of Utah researchers.

Until now, scientists thought the vast tract of land was a treeless tundra unable to support much human life, but new drilling samples sourced from the Bering Sea and Alaskan bogs show insect and plant fossils, along with pollen, which suggest that shrubs, trees, and even animals may have lived ther...

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