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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.
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(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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About 25,000 years ago Paleo-Indians in North America were bartering their wares of flint and shell among each other--500 miles away.
Perhaps the Paleo-Indians who inhabited Kenosha needed the tusk to create other useful items.
That's fifteen hundred years before anyone thought Paleo-Indians traveled over the land bridge between Siberia and Alaska and settled in the American Southwest.
From nomadic Paleo-Indians 10,000 years ago to Chiricahua Apache raiders who arrived about the same time as the Spaniards, the land has long been settled.
"Before this, we really had no idea that Paleo-Indians were using salmon or fish of any kind," said Carrin Halffman, an archaeologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an author of the report.
The first legitimate settlers were really Paleo-Indians, who migrated into the area 14,000 years ago and ultimately divided themselves into dozens of tribes.
Waves of paleo-Indians from Asia cross the Bering Strait Land Bridge from Siberia, eventually settling in what would become the U.S.
And after I became a curator at the ROM, I buried myself in the past for nearly three decades, searching the beginning of the archaeological record for traces of the first people to occupy Ontario at the end of the Ice Age--hunter-gatherers, called Early Paleo-Indians, who lived some 11,000 years ago.
In Ancient Mexico, the narrative begins with the Paleo-Indians and traces the rise and fall of Pre-Columbian peoples such as the Olmecs, Maya, Toltecs, and Aztecs.
Willging lays out a definitive historical survey of deer hunting in the Badger State beginning with the spear-throwing Paleo-Indians of the Upper Midwest, to the sportsmen and women of today with their scoped rifles.
There are some minor errors in the text, such as in the chronology, where it is stated that "Paleo-Indians live in Saugus, Massachusetts for the next 11,000 years only to be destroyed by the Puritans in the seventeenth century" (xxiii).