Ed Conrad (
29 Nov 1996 11:43:12 GMT

Whoever came up with the theory that man arrived in
North America by crossing the Bering Strait is certainly a prime
candidate for science's Dunce of the Century Award.

Let's be realistic and use a little common sense!

What tribal leaders, in their right mind -- from wherever they were --
would search for ``greener pastures" by heading so far north?

True, they may not have realized they were heading north (assuming
there were no maps or compasses), but they'd soon realize it was
getting colder and more hostile the further they traveled.

Why would they continue? Why would they start off in the first place?
How would they know that -- if they ever completed their trip --
they'd be much better off than they were before?

What would they have done for food? Once their supply of food was
exhausted, what did they eat? Where did they find the additional food
they most certainly would have had to have?

How about the trip itself? If it happened (which it obviously didn't),
how did they protect themselves from the elements? After all, even if
they made the trip in record time, they'd have spent many, many
nine-to-10-month ``winters" in a most hostile environment.

This litany of absurdities could go on and on.

The plain and simple fact is that it never happened.

Let the scientists who cling to this ridiculous idea give it a try to
prove their point that it IS possible. But let them make the trip
without themal clothing, battery-powered heaters, a stockpile of food,
directional finders, etc., etc., etc.

May then -- ONLY then -- they would realize how prepostrous
the theory is.

As I've said, all it takes is a bit of common sense to realize that
the earliest man to inhabit of North America certainly didn't make
the trip by cossing the Bering Strait.

Naturally, such a ridiculous theory was originally presented because
of an inability by the scientific community to explain man's presence
on the North American continent.

It was just one of many flights of fantasy by dreams and hallucinators
who think, while you can fool some of the people all of the time and
all of the people some of the time, you can't fool all of the people
all of the time.