Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > Center > Paleoindian hunters of Central Chile

Environment and Location

The first humans arrived in the Americas at a time when the glacial climate of the Pleistocene was beginning to improve. In Central Chile, the melting of the ice left behind a landscape of lakes and rushing rivers as well as more abundant vegetation that attracted herds of large Pleistocene animals, including the so-called ‘megafauna’—mastodons, New World horses, marsh deer, paleo-lamas and milodon.