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A Journey to a New Land

First People

10,000 Years Ago

Americas at 10000 BP

By 10,000 years ago, the climate had warmed considerably, and the glaciers had disappeared from all but the far northern regions. The Bering Land Bridge had disappeared beneath the Bering Strait, and people were living in many formerly glaciated areas of North America.

Woolly Mammoth

At about this time, an amazing thing happened. All of the large Ice Age animals, such as mammoths, camels, and mastodons, suddenly became extinct. Did over-hunting by humans cause their extinction, or did the warming climate destroy their habitat?
Learn more about Extinction!

By now, people were living in northern British Columbia and Alberta, in the ice free corridor region. Archaeologists have investigated these sites to discover whether the ice free corridor could have been the route taken by the first settlers.

Archaeological Sites:
Charlie Lake Cave