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Monte Verde: seaweed, food, medicine, and the peopling of South America.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18467586     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The identification of human artifacts at the early archaeological site of Monte Verde in southern Chile has raised questions of when and how people reached the tip of South America without leaving much other evidence in the New World. Remains of nine species of marine algae were recovered from hearths and other features at Monte Verde II, an upper occupational layer, and were directly dated between 14,220 and 13,980 calendar years before the present ( approximately 12,310 and 12,290 carbon-14 years ago). These findings support the archaeological interpretation of the site and indicate that the site's inhabitants used seaweed from distant beaches and estuarine environments for food and medicine. These data are consistent with the ideas that an early settlement of South America was along the Pacific coast and that seaweeds were important to the diet and health of early humans in the Americas.
Tom D Dillehay; C Ramírez; M Pino; M B Collins; J Rossen; J D Pino-Navarro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Science (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  320     ISSN:  1095-9203     ISO Abbreviation:  Science     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-09     Completed Date:  2008-05-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404511     Medline TA:  Science     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  784-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37265, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Emigration and Immigration*
Food Supply
History, Ancient
North America
Oceans and Seas
South America
Comment In:
Science. 2008 May 9;320(5877):729   [PMID:  18467561 ]

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