In 1948, Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (which then took the name of Esso, and then of Exxon), and Socony-Vacuum Oil Company (the ancestor of Mobil) joined Aramco capital.
In 1973, Saudi Arabia usurped 25 % Aramco rights and properties.
This re-appropriation of the domestic estate led the government to take the control of Aramco, acquiring 60 % in 1974, then 100 % in 1980.
When the findings were published this year in the journal Science, they plopped Jenkins and his colleagues in the middle of one of the hottest debates in North American archaeology: Just when did people first come here, and how did they get here?
For many years the prevailing view was that the Clovis people walked from Siberia across a land bridge exposed by the Ice Age to Alaska and spread south through an ice-free corridor down the center of the continent exposed 10,000 years ago by warming temperatures.
That's 1,000 years before the oldest stone points of the Clovis culture, which for much of the 20th century was believed to represent the first people in North America.