Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > Semi-arid North > Paleoindian hunters of the Arid North

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Environment and Location

When the first humans came to the Americas, the glacial climate of the Pleistocene was just beginning to lessen. In the Semi-arid north of Chile (from the Copiapó to the Aconcagua Valley) the melting of the ice left behind a land sprinkled with lakes and rushing rivers, increasing vegetation and concentrating herds of large land animals, now extinct, around these more verdant areas. Among these animals were the so-called megafauna, including mastodon, New World horses, swamp deer, early llama and Milodon.

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