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People began forming settled societies in the Amazon rainforest as far back as 10,000 years ago, according to a new study.
A treasure trove of prehistoric finds, including the remains of five humans, was found under six feet (two metres) of dirt at three sites in Bolivia.
Teeth - Individuals - Adults - Shellfish - Region
Teeth of the individuals were worn down, indicating they were mature adults, and it is believed they feasted on shellfish that populated the region at the time.
Traces of humans in the region have been found dating back up to 17,000 years but these people wandered through the site and stopped only briefly.
Settlements - Years - Study
It was previously believed settlements sprung up 2,500 years ago, but this study defies this.
José Capriles and colleagues at Pennsylvania State say the excavations unearthed male and female remains of people who lived between 6,250 and 6,820 years ago.
Radiocarbon - Dating - Researchers - Earth - Charcoal
Radiocarbon dating was used and the researchers also discovered burnt earth, charcoal, shells and other animal remains.
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