Paleolithic People: The Pericú


This public domain image is thought to represent two Pericú women. The Pericú, now extinct, were among the first inhabitants of the southernmost portion Baja California known as the Cape Region. Evidence of Pericú occupation dates back to 9000 B.P. The two figures in this image appear fit and the bow & arrow indicates involvement in hunting. Their diet included marine mammals, shellfish (evidenced by “enormous shell mounds”) and “terrestrial resources.” Possibly, the Pericú were descendants of the Paleolithic people living on the Channel Islands of southern California.

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