Science: Midland Man

The most famous "oldest American" is Folsom man, known by his peculiar, fluted spearheads. These "points" have turned up in many parts of the U.S., and since they have been found with the bones of extinct animals, they are supposed to be about 10,000 years old. But Folsom man himself is an anthropological ghost; his own bones have not been found.

About a year ago, Keith Glasscock, a pipeline welder and amateur archaeologist, spent a Sunday afternoon poking around the Scharbauer Ranch near Midland, Texas. In a "blowout" (a hollow scooped by wind), he...

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