“Of course, small, highly mobile groups of hunters wouldn’t have left much evidence behind and part of Beringia is now underwater.” John Hoffecker, an archaeologist and human paleoecologist at the University of Colorado and proponent of the Beringia standstill hypothesis, agrees that the cut-marked bones are strong evidence of early human occupation.
But what stunned him, he says, was a comment—taken from Cinq-Mars’s original, unpublished notes—that stone tools were found in the lowest and oldest cave deposits.
*Correction: This sentence was modified to more accurately reflect Potter’s view.
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“As soon as I saw the information, I realized that there is a pretty solid case here for the Last Glacial Maximum occupation 24,000 years ago.” Not everyone is convinced.
University of Alaska Fairbanks archaeologist Ben Potter has scoured Alaska for sites older than about 14,500 years without success.
Hoffecker says he expects the argument over the Bluefish Caves to continue for a while, but the bone studies and the surprising information about deeply buried stone tools have convinced him that people were there during the Last Glacial Maximum.
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The bones came from excavations led by archaeologist Jacques Cinq-Mars between 19 and have been in storage at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec. Bourgeon sent six pieces of bone that showed evidence of stone-tool cuts to a lab in Oxford, England, for radiocarbon dating.
At the time, Cinq-Mars and his team concluded that the Bluefish Caves showed evidence of occasional human use as much as 30,000 years ago. The youngest, it turned out, was a 12,000-year-old caribou bone.
One may be more optimistic than the other, but both show how increasing romantic freedom has changed romance itself.* * *Regnerus’s description of sexual economics relies on a stark division of gender roles: Men provide the demand and women are the supply.
There is a long history of what he calls the “exchange relationship,” in which women control men’s access to sex.