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Of or relating to prehistoric human culture in the Western Hemisphere from the earliest habitation to around 5,000 bc. Paleo-Indian cultures are distinguished especially by the various projectile points they produced.

Pa′le·o-In′di·an n.


(ˌpeɪ li oʊˈɪn di ən; esp. Brit. ˌpæl i-)

1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a New World cultural stage, c22,000–6000 B.C., distinguished by fluted-point tools and cooperative hunting methods.
2. a member of the American Indian people of this cultural stage, believed to have migrated orig. from Asia.
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Noun1.Paleo-Indian - a member of the Paleo-American peoples who were the earliest human inhabitants of North America and South America during the late Pleistocene epoch
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
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The Younger Dryas lasted a thousand years and coincided with the extinction of mammoths and other great beasts and the disappearance of the Paleo-Indian Clovis people.
Our new data compel Paleo-Indian researchers to think more broadly about the age and origins of Clovis technology.
Archaeologists report findings from one of the bison bone sites in Wyoming, where a bison trap was operated about 10,000 years ago by a Paleo-Indian group whose apparent cultural affiliations were the Hell Gap complex.
Thus, one of the authors (LN) remembers that in 1966, in the context of the International Congress of Americanists, in Mar del Plata, he had the opportunity of meeting the Evanses, along with Julio Montane, with whom they had already been in contact in relation to the Tagua Tagua Paleo-Indian site (Montane 1968).
This comes three years after divers found what they believe were once boulder-lined "drive lanes"--used by Paleo-Indian hunters to direct caribou to slaughter--in the same vicinity.
And while no Early Paleo-Indian sites have been found in northeast Asia (the culture apparently having developed in North America), Paleo-Indian stone tool technology has a Eurasian Upper Paleolithic look to it.
Some are casts of authentic early Paleo-Indian excavations," Pfeiffer said.
The famous Serpent Mound paleo-Indian effigy lies inside a 5-mile (8 km) impact feature of the same name.
The park is both a natural area--contained within a rare plateau in the Arkansas River Valley, cloven by a rugged canyon containing a 70-foot-high waterfall--and a place rich in archeological heritage, with artifacts dating back to Paleo-Indian times (9,500 BC-8,000 BC).
The organization of the book is chronological, covering from Paleo-Indian days to the present.
In partnership with his wife Elizabeth (Betty) Seabury Mitchell, John amassed a remarkable collection reflecting the breadth of his interests ranging from earliest Paleo-Indian to contemporary from traditional to unusual and covering almost all of the tribes of North America.
Adovasio whacked Fiedel as "a previously little known archaeologist now working for a private salvage archaeology firm" who "has no field experience in Paleo-Indian sites or complex late Pleistocene or Holocene sites" and "has published one rarely used prehistory textbook but otherwise has no apparent credentials.