Good pt. Engr., although I understand some meso-American finds include toys with wheels. Couldn't they generalize on the concept? One constraint was, American horses had apparently died out until the Spaniards came.
There is evidence that Nazca Plain was inscribed with huge drawings because the locals had hot-air balloons (not space ships). Tightly-woven fabrics were the key.
Not only does DNA not match, but the technology shows no exposure to Jewish culture. When the Conquistadores came here, the American Indians had no wheels.SO? Well, if they'd been exposed to the (fictional) technology of the Israel tribes of the Book of Mormon, including CARTS with WHEELS, do you really think they'd have forgotten the WHEEL? I brought this up with a Mormon missionary and left the Mormonite speechless (also brought up the DNA lack ...another long silence from the Mormonite)
Each religion has only ONE "real" wittness (Smith and Mohammid), unlike the Bible which has at least 40 who testify of a savior so circumspect that He didn't even write any of His own Bible, choosing instead to allow a great cloud of inspired witnesses over a period of 1500 years to bring forth the true gospel from faith to faith, that many, by His grace would be saved. AMEN?
No doubt it is true that nothing in the DNA of early American inhabitants proves that ancient Americans inhabitants were descendants of Israelite patriarch Lehi. That is after all a ridiculous falsehood invented by a dangerous crank.
However, the DNA of all peoples is no doubt consistent with the truth that all men on earth are descendants from both Adam and Eve, and Noah and his wife.
We need to be careful that we don't assert too much the other way.
John D., this is exactly what happened in my last conversation with Mormon missionaries. God can do anything -- which is true, but not for Mormons, though. I sure had two Mormon missionaries confused what I brought up about the DNA of American Indians not matching Jewish DNA.