Setting the Stage: The Late Pleistocene Colonization of North America

  title={Setting the Stage: The Late Pleistocene Colonization of North America},
  author={Michael J. O’Brien},
The timing of human entrance into North America has been a topic of debate that dates back to the late 19th century. Central to the modern discussion is not whether late Pleistocene-age populations were present on the continent, but the timing of their arrival. Key to the debate is the age of tools—bone rods, large prismatic stone blades, and bifacially chipped and fluted stone weapon tips—often found associated with the remains of late Pleistocene fauna. For decades, it was assumed that this… 

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