Photo: Earliest Known American Settlers Harvested Seaweed



A cliff offers a view of the rocky shoreline in an inland bay south of Monte Verde, Chile, the site of the oldest known settlement in the Americas.

A new study shows that settlers at Monte Verde harvested seaweed and other marine plants from a coastline more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) away some 14,000 years ago.

Photograph courtesy Mario Pino/Science


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