Scientists at a three-day international scientific conference in Sakhalin have said that the first settlers on Sakhalin, the Russian island in the North Pacific, appeared 100,000-200,000 years ago.
"During the excavation work at the Sennaya station in the Dolinsky district [southern Sakhalin], our colleagues from the Sakhalin State University found interesting data which do not rule out that the initial settlement of Sakhalin occurred quite early - over 100,000-200,000 years ago," Kyiv Post quoted Anatoly Derevyanko, director of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, as saying.
Derevyanko went on to say that another scientific fact is that the earliest settlers of America came from Siberia through the current Far East region.
"This is no longer a hypothesis but a scientific fact: America was discovered not by Columbus but by Siberian people," he said.
"But here two points of view exist among the scientists. Some are saying this happened 13,000-14,000 years ago, others 20,000-25,000 years ago," he stated.
Scientists from Russia, Japan, Korea, China, Poland and the United States were present at the conference. (ANI)