Wouldn’t it be funny if eventually paleontologists learn what faithful Latter-day Saints have known all along, that the first Americans came from the Garden of Eden in Missouri? I found this curious news story about a discovery in Mexico that might be a piece from the skull of Homo Erectus, long thought to be one of the earliest “men” to emerge from continental Africa. Of course, paleontologists are just scratching their heads over this one. It can’t possibly be accepted as a genuine “find” until it is corroborated by massive, additional evidence. And who knows if that will ever be forthcoming?
I only post this here to point out how little we know about the origins of man either here in the Americas or anywhere. What we know is that we don’t know. The current scientific theories are based on a few scraps of bone and stone that could mean just about anything.
I have been studying the topic of “first Americans” online for a while, reading books from the library, and discussing what I find with a personal friend, Tim Heaton, a world reknowned paleontologist who is a BYU grad, Provo native who served a mission to Norway, got a PhD from Harvard and was a teaching assistant to Stephan Jay Gould, and is Professor of Geology at the University of South Dakota. I have had my eyes opened by how little scientists know for sure about American prehistory. And most of the scientists themselves will tell you as much. It is we lay people who tend to put their discoveries and theories into concrete and claim to “know” more about the past than the real paleontologists do.