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New discoveries show humans settled the Americas some 5,000 years earlier than previously thought – and the actual timeframe may go back even further. These Canadian researchers are digging for clues to the past

The Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, as seen from a float plane, July 5, 2012.John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Captain Gold with a youth group in the Gwaii Haanas National Park, July 5, 2012.John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Quentin Mackie, a University of Victoria professor conducting research in the Gwaii Haanas National Park, makes his way to a site with wooden stakes used as a fishing weirs, July 5, 2012.John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Captain Gold at the entrance to a native longhouse in the Gwaii Haanas National Park, July 5, 2012.John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Captain Gold with a youth group in the Gwaii Haanas National Park, July 5, 2012.John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Jenny Cohen, a University of Victoria student helping with research in the Gwaii Haanas National Park, looks over wooden stakes used as a fishing weirs, July 5, 2012.John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Wooden stakes used as a fishing weirs in the Gwaii Haanas National Park, July 5, 2012.John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Gwaliga Hart, a Haida student, helps on a dig and with research in the Gwaii Haanas National Park, July 5, 2012.John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Nathalie Macfarlane, director and curator of the Haida Gwaii Museum, holds up a 14,000-year-old bear skull, July 5, 2012.John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Quentin Mackie, a University of Victoria professor conducting research in the Gwaii Haanas National Park , holds a stone tool, July 5, 2012.John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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