Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > South > Paleo-Indian Hunters of South Central Chile

Environment and Location

When the first humans arrived in the Americas, the glacial climate of the Pleistocene era was beginning to wane, and in the south of Chile the melting ice left behind a series of lakes and rainforests that attracted herds of large, now-extinct herbivores known as the megafauna. These large animals included mastodons, early llamas and milodons. Archeological evidence found at the Monte Verde site, close to Puerto Montt, testifies to the presence of the southernmost group of mastodon hunters on the American continent.