Monte Verde and the Pleistocene Peopling of the Americas

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Science  02 May 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5313, pp. 754-755
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5313.754

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Until recently, the oldest firm evidence of human presence in the Americas has been that from the 11,500-year-old Clovis archaeological site. In his Perspective, Meltzer discusses work by a collaboration led by Dillehay at the University of Kentucky that shows the presence of humans at the Monte Verde site in Chile as long as 12,500 years ago. Claims of such pre-Clovis sites have been met with extreme skepticism in the past, but as Meltzer relates, this work has yielded an extraordinary array of physical evidence for a human presence at Monte Verde.