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California Islands Give Up Evidence of Early Seafaring

March 3, 2011

Chert Crescent from San Miguel Island Evidence of a diversified sea-based economy among North American inhabitants, dating from 12,200 to 11,400 years ago, is emerging from three sites on California's Channel Islands. Full Story

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