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Slowpoke settlers

Ancient Americans may have taken a long, leisurely trip south

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1:43pm, May 8, 2008

Southern Chile lies near the bottom of the world, but it sits atop scientific efforts to unravel how and when the Americas were first settled. New evidence unearthed at Chile’s Monte Verde site supports the idea that prehistoric people moved slowly down the Pacific Coast — beginning well before 14,000 years ago — and established many inland outposts along the way.

A team led by archaeologist Tom Dillehay of Vanderbilt

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