The First Users of the Pacific Coast Highway?

A 13,000 year old skull found in Mexico has been reported today as the oldest found to date in North America. The skull has the long, narrow-headed cranial features common to the native peoples of Central and South America, as opposed to the short and broad-headed type characteristic of North American Indians. These features are similar to those of the the now extinct Pericues people from the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California state. Further DNA analysis is planned. The find is seen as evidence of the so-called coastal migration theory, which states that settlers from Japan stuck to the Pacific coastline of North America and quickly reached South America much earlier than did other Asiatic people who crossed on the Bearing Strait landbridge and slowly migrated southward via an overland route. This Pacific Coast theory is supported in part by the discovery recently of the oldest confirmed site of human habitation in the Americas, located in Monte Verde, Chile, and dating back a controversial 14,000 years…and perhaps even longer…