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News Release 08-077

Ancient Beachcombers May Have Travelled Slowly

Earliest known human settlement in the Americas raises new questions

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Photo of the Chilean coastline.

The sandy shore of the Chilean coast was 50 miles west of Monte Verde 14,000 calendar years ago. Early migrants are thought to have travelled to and from the ocean as well as inland for food prompting researchers to question how rapidly human migration in the Americas occurred.

Credit: Tom Dillehay, Vanderbilt University

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