Dating sea under

Then, the Huaca Prieta hunters could have simply smashed them over the heads and chowed down—much like people in the region do today, Dillehay says.

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“They’re like disposable razors,” says Matthew Des Lauriers, an archaeologist at California State University in Northridge, who has found the same kind of tools on Cedros Island off Baja California, where people lived more than 12,000 years ago.

The similar tools could be evidence for the very first coastal migration, he says.

But the only way to know for sure is to find more coastal sites.

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If they were part of a wave of coastal migration, they certainly weren’t in a hurry.

“This looks like people settling in,” agrees Loren Davis, an archaeologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

“As old as this is, you’re probably not looking at the first peoples on the landscape.” The Huaca Prietans managed to do all this with surprisingly simple stone tools.

Instead of complex spear points, they used flakes knocked off round beach stones for everything from prying open shellfish to cutting up plants.

Interestingly, Dillehay did not find any fishing lines, nets, or harpoons.

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