It made me realize that for archaeologists, Clovis people
are "shape-shifters," peoples who appear in different forms at different times in archaeological history.
In the past, researchers have argued that the Clovis people
were the oldest human inhabitants of the Americas.
Erlandson said the artifacts argue against the notion that the Ice Age Clovis people
followed an open corridor through central Canada and into America and then gradually migrated down river valleys to the coast and eventually learned to fish.
If the corridor was closed until 11,000 years ago or afterward,'' he said, ``there is no way the Clovis people
could have come through.
The 18-month-old's bones are the only human remains ever found of ancient Native Americans known as the Clovis people
Their human hunters, known to archaeologists as the Clovis people
, set aside their heavy-duty spears and turned to a hunter-gatherer subsistence diet of roots, berries and smaller game.
Discoveries in the Amazon by French and Brazilian scholars of painted rock shelters with stone tools, pigment, and food strengthened her suspicion that the Clovis people
were not the ancestors of tropical people.
The findings, being reported today in the journal Science, challenge the widely held assumption, based on knowledge of an ancient group of North Americans called the Clovis people
, that the earliest Americans were primarily specialized big-game hunters who lived in open, temperate country and could not have sustained a culture in the humid tropics, where large animals were scarce.
Ancient North America's Clovis people
, known as mammoth and mastodon hunters of the Great Plains, may have started out as gomphothere hunters of northwestern Mexico.
For decades, archaeologists thought that the Clovis people
were the first to enter the Americas, 13,000 years ago.
The evidence, found by current UO archaeologist Dennis Jenkins and his students, offers the first hard evidence that humans found their way into the New World before the emergence of what is known as the Clovis people
about 13,000 years ago.
The baby was covered in red ochre and buried on a hillside along with more than 100 stone and bone tools characteristic of Clovis people
, a Paleo-Indian culture that was widespread in North America at the time.
Evidence that a non-Clovis culture was present in North America at least as early as Clovis people
themselves and likely before is presented by an international team of researchers from the USA, the UK, and Denmark.
You'll find some more definitive results in this issue as well: A new genetic study points to the Clovis people
as ancestors to all indigenous Americans (Page 6).
For more than 80 years, it has been argued that the Clovis people
were the first to enter the Americas, Waters says.