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Paleoindian Era 

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Clovis Point recoverd from Douglas Creek.

The Paleoindian Era (c. 13,000–6,400 BC) is poorly represented in Northwest Colorado. However, sites from this era have been found scattered across the region. Examples of the well-known Clovis and Folsom types of projectile points have been found within the boundaries of the White River Resource Area. Paleoindian projectile points are typically much larger than those of succeeding eras.

 

The Paleoindian peoples of Northwest Colorado lived in a colder, moister environment than we experience today. Their adaptation required far-ranging seasonal migrations, following herds of megafauna such as the mammoth and mastodon. Paleoindian hunters also sought now-extinct animals such as early bison (Bison antiquus) and camels, in addition to more familiar game. By the end of this era, North American megafauna were extinct. 

 


 
Last updated: 03-20-2014