Could the Higgs boson have been confirmed with earlier accelerators? The LEP collider operated at a maximum of 209 GeV. Could it have been used to confirm the existence of the 125.3 GeV Higgs boson? I also read on Wikipedia that the CERN teams were apparently examining the 145–466 GeV range first in the search for the Higgs boson with the LHC, as they reported a year ago that no Higgs boson existed in that range, before examining the 125 GeV range that it's now found at. What is the reason for this? Was it considered more probably to find the Higgs boson in the 145–466 GeV range than in the 125 GeV range? Thanks!