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Welcome to the Center for the Study of the First Americans

The Center for the Study of the First Americans is proud to announce the new scientific journal PaleoAmerica, in partnership with Maney Publishing. PaleoAmerica will be a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal that focuses on the Pleistocene human colonization of the New World—the only scientific journal of its kind. The journal’s scope will be interdisciplinary, covering archaeology, genetics, paleoanthropology, linguistics and the paleoenvironmental sciences; and it will be international, covering North and South America, the Caribbean, northeast Asia (Siberia, Japan, China, Korea and Mongolia) and southwest Europe. Moreover, PaleoAmerica will build bridges with scholars studying the dispersal of modern humans in other parts of the world, welcoming contributions that cover the same research problem in places like Australia, island southeast Asia and even Tibet. We expect PaleoAmerica quickly will become the international scientific marketplace for the investigation of early modern-human dispersals worldwide.
PaleoAmerica replaces Current Research in the Pleistocene, CSFA’s much venerated annual journal. Like CRP, PaleoAmerica will contain series of small papers reporting new research results; however, each issue of the new journal also will contain at least one major research review article providing an up-to-date synthesis on a problem or region, several long research reports on new scientific discoveries, and one or two short perspectives columns written by leaders in the field. In other words, each issue will be full of news, views and reviews.
If you are interested in providing a manuscript that fits one of these categories, please do not hesitate to contact the journal’s editor, Ted Goebel at goebel@tamu.edu. CSFA and Maney are currently organizing the journal’s website, online submission system, and subscription system. CSFA members will soon have the opportunity to pre-subscribe to the journal at the member price of $22 for online, electronic access, and $35 for printed issues.
Watch for future announcements as we begin to unveil PaleoAmerica as CSFA’s newest publishing venture.


Explore this website to learn more about the first inhabitants of the Americas
and how you can become involved!

CSFA North, Central, and South America were the last continents to be populated by humans during the Ice Age.

    When did the first people enter the Americas?

    Who were the first immigrants?

    How did they get here?

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The Center for the Study of First Americans is housed in the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University. For more information, contact:
CSFA, Texas A&M University, 4352 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4352. The main office number is 979-845-4046, Email: csfa@tamu.edu.

The companion book to the Paleoamerican Odyssey conference is currently sold out. BUT! We are happy to announce that TAMU Press is currently reprinting the volume. Stay tuned for availability!

Mike Waters and colleagues publish article in Nature and present the genome of a Late Pleistocene human from a Clovis burial! (pdf)

Kelly Graf and colleagues publish article in Nature which shows that Siberians on the Mammoth Steppe were direct ancestors of the First Americans! (pdf)

Upcoming Field School Opportunity!
CSFA Summer Field School on the Bering Land Bridge
June 1-July 5, 2014

Ted Goebel and co-authors publish article in Journal of Archaeological Science on excavations, dating, and analysis of Paleoindian deposits at Serpentine Hot Springs, Alaska, a fluted point site on the Bering Land Bridge. (pdf)

Congratulations to John Blong for receiving a $15,000 Dissertation Fellowship from the Office of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M!