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Settlement Of The Americas A New Prehistory

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Since 1977, archaeologist Tom Dillehay has been unearthing conclusive evidence of human habitation in the Americas at least 15,000 to 20,000 years ago, settling a bitter debate and demolishing the standard scientific account of the settlement of the Americas. The question of how people first came to the Americas is now thrown wide open: the best guess is that they arrived ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published February 14th 2001 by Basic Books (first published February 2001)
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" ... multiple migrations ... Early arrivals may have been proto-Mongoloids, later ones perhaps more like modern Mongoloids or Asians ... Two types of human skeletons, a robust form and a gracile form, apparently coexisted in early Holocen South America ... suggest that the earliest South Americans may not be morphologically linked with northeastern Asians or Siberians ... more closely resemble South Pacific and South Asian populations ... These results only add to the unanswered questions." And ...more
Timothy Egan's book Short Night of the Shadow Catcher sparked my interest in Indian cultures, so I decided that I had best begin at the beginning. Thomas Dillehay proves to my satisfaction that the beginning was a very, very long time ago--perhaps as much as 15,000 - 20,000 years before the present. Like most of us, I had vague school memories of the Clovis big-game hunting culture that supposedly peopled the Americas sometime around 11,200 years ago. That culture certainly existed and played a ...more
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