An artist's interpretation of early humans hunting mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius).

37,000-year-old mammoth slaughterhouse may be oldest evidence of humans in North America

An artist’s interpretation of early humans hunting mammoths (mammoth). (Image credit: Shutterstock)

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A 37,000-year-old mammoth slaughterhouse discovered in New Mexico may be the earliest evidence of humans in North America, controversial research has found. According to the new study, some of the bones at the site show signs of being processed or even used as tools by humans, “some of the strongest evidence yet,” but humans settled in North America much earlier than experts previously thought .

If the team is correct about human activity at the site, it would almost double as long as humans occupy North America. However, determining the exact date when people first appeared in North America has been a controversial topic over the past few decades, and similar studies have been dismissed as inconclusive. Some experts are equally skeptical of the team’s conclusions from the mammoth remains.

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