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[DIGEST: NBC, New Scientist 1, 2, Nature, Rapid City Journal]

The first humans are thought to have reached North America 15,000 to 30,000 years ago. However, an archeological dig in California has turned up compelling evidence suggesting that humans inhabited the New World as far back as 130,000 years ago — which means the first people in North America were either Home Erectus, Neanderthals or Denisovans rather than modern humans. The news, published in the journal Nature, rewrites early North American history.

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