CSUB archeologist contributes to major discovery

April 4, 2008
CONTACT:
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu
Archeologist Major Discovery Photo

The journal Science and major media outlets are reporting today that archaeologists, including California State University, Bakersfield's Robert Yohe, have new evidence that humans were in the New World more than 1,000 years earlier than previously reported.

After dissecting remains found in Oregon's Paisley Five-Mile Cave, researchers found human DNA that is more than 14,300 year old.

"Our findings are amazing," said Yohe, CSUB associate professor of anthropology. "Nobody has ever found human remains that old. Our work isn't done, but this scientific discovery is incredible."

In addition to the importance of the DNA's date, researchers are also learning about the ancient humans' origin and diet.

The researchers present their evidence that questions current assumptions about human migration into the Americas in this week's journal Science. An abstract of their article can be found at http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/1154116.

For additional information, contact Yohe at (661) 654-3457.