Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Solutrean-Clovis Similarity Hypothesis

Proposal in the 1930s by archaeologist Frank Hibben that some of the first Native Americans came from Iberia, based on the observation that both Solutrean points (from Iberia) and Clovis points (from New Mexico) are similarly thin and skinny and have concave bases. The hypothesis diminished in popularity when radiometric dating techniques showed that the end of the Iberian Solutrean tool tradition at 18-15 kya antedated the first Clovis events at 11.5 kya by 5,000 years. Aka the Iberia not Siberia hypothesis.

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