The Paleoindian view holds that the first settlers were prehistoric hunters from the Mongolian and Siberian regions of Northeast Asia who crossed a land bridge over the Bering Strait and settled North and South America approximately 12,000 years ago. Recent evidence indicates earlier settlements by a different race.
Several studies have concluded that skeletal remains discovered in southern Chile, Brazil and Baja, California, predate the arrival of the Paleoindians by over 1,000 years and most closely resemble the Aborigines from Australia. Anthropologists believe these people descended from the very first humans over 60,000 years ago and originated in Africa. This group most likely traveled by boat and was well-established before being slaughtered or assimilated by the Paleoindians when they arrived.