The Cuncaicha rock shelter, high in the Peruvian Andes
Photo: Barbara Fraser
A paper published a few days ago suggests human evolution, under the right conditions, can be very rapid.
A mixed American, German and Canadian team led by Kurt Rademaker of Department of Anthropology, University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA have discovered that humans lived above 4300 metres for at least part of the year, probably as seasonal hunters, in the High Andes within 2000 years of settling at Monte Verde in Chile. Monte Verde, at about 14,000 BCE is the earliest widely accepted site for human occupation in South