Meanwhile in a separate study, archaeologists working in the southern Peruvian Andes have unearthed the remains of an early human settlement nearly 4,500 metres (15,000ft) above sea level, which would have been at the physical limits of surviving and for women to bear children, scientists said.
The archaeologists estimate that the settlement, which includes a stone shelter decorated with rock art, was occupied about 12,000 years ago, within about 2,000 years of the first humans arriving in South America from Central and North America.
As much as I am a confirmed diffusionist,
There is a little thing called the Andes between the Pacific and the Amazon basin.
It would take more than boats.
It would take trained Limas on very high and narrow mountain pass paths.
And, of course, a reason.
Why would they settle in such a place?
Minimalist wrote:The accounts of Spanish conquistadors make it clear that crossing Panama was no walk in the park.
It's a fair question. What are the pressures that cause people to move to less (apparently) hospitable climes?
And why does it have to be a west to east transfer?
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