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Researchers who dove hundreds of times into a sinkhole beneath the murky waters of Florida’s Aucilla River have retrieved some of the oldest evidence of humans in the Americas, including stone tools apparently used to butcher a mastodon.

Scientists said on Friday that the tools, animal bones and a mastodon tusk found at the site showed that people already had occupied the American Southeast by 14,550 years ago — 1,500 years earlier than previously known.

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