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A Canadian Earth Scientist's View

I do believe that there should not be unreasonable political constraints placed on academics doing the research attempting to unravel the unknown story of human occupation of North America.

I am most disappointed in the academic community in not being more vocal in their opposition to these issues in these dark days of political correctness in which opinion outside of the mainstream appears to be discouraged on college and university campuses.

For what it is worth, as a practising earth science professional, I have always found it hard to believe that humans only first occupied both North and South American only in the last 10,000 to 25,000 years. Also, the theory of occupation coming down through Western Canada in an "ice-free corridor" always struck me as, simply, kind of stupid. I would have taken a raft down the west coast anyday before hiking around glaciers! Also, I do not think the large mammal extinctions have been fully explained, for the last few tens of thousands of years is only small fraction of both large mammal and human existance---and to have both the extinctions and human occupation "coincidentally" appear so close together in a relatively brief moment of time needs further explanation.

Like I said, I'm just a low-key amateur interest in these issues but would like to see those researching this issues not to have unfair constraints placed upon their studies.

Keep up the good work--in the long run reasonable people will value greatly the work you and your colleagues are doing.

Name withheld by request

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