Pilauco: A Late Pleistocene Archaeo-paleontological Site

Osorno, Northwestern Patagonia and Chile

  • Mario Pino
  • Giselle A. Astorga

Part of the The Latin American Studies Book Series book series (LASBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Mario Pino, Alejandra Martel-Cea, Rodrigo M. Vega, Daniel Fritte, Karin Soto-Bollmann
    Pages 33-53
  3. Mario Pino, Nathalie Cossio-Montecinos, Benazzir Pinto
    Pages 95-109
  4. Leonora Jarpa-Mateluna
    Pages 175-182
  5. Valentina Álvarez-Barra
    Pages 183-193
  6. Leonora Salvadores-Cerda, Felipe Ramírez-Mercado
    Pages 213-230
  7. María Paz Lira, Rafael Labarca, Daniel Fritte, Hugo Oyarzo, Mario Pino
    Pages 231-248
  8. Allen West, Ted Bunch, Malcolm A. Lecompte, Víctor Adedeji, Christopher R. Moore, Wendy S. Wolbach
    Pages 249-270
  9. Ximena Navarro-Harris, Mario Pino, Pedro Guzman-Marín
    Pages 271-316
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 341-343

About this book


This volume combines 10 years of accomplished research at the Pilauco site. The studies are focused on a variety of scientific areas including geological, sedimentological, geomorphological and paleobotanical topics, as well as paleontology of vertebrata and invertebrata, micropaleontology, archaeology, biochemistry, taxonomy, taphonomy, astrophysics  and the development of some particular touristic aspects. In 18 chapters a variety of authors describe the excavation and investigation of this unique location.

The book presents Pilauco as an example for the natural laboratory which can be found in South America, a testing ground for many of the hypotheses regarding migrations of animals and humans. In this context the study of topics, such as the paleozoography, the role of megafauna species for the architecture of the forests, the animal extinctions or the early human settlements, is extremely important on a global scale.

The Pilauco site features paleontological and archaeological evidences and is contemporaneous with the Monte Verde site (~ 15,000 cal. yr AP). It is located 100 km north from Monte Verde and lies within the Intermediate Depression in northwestern Chilean Patagonia. It was discovered by chance in 1986 and has been excavated and investigated since 2007.


Late Pleiostene Paleontological Site Chilean Northern Patagonia Natural Laboratory Settlement in the Americas Paleozoography Los Notros South American Fauna Pilauco Bajo

Editors and affiliations

  • Mario Pino
    • 1
  • Giselle A. Astorga
    • 2
  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias, Instituto de Ciencias de la TierraUniversidad Austral de ChileValdiviaChile
  2. 2.Facultad de Ciencias, Instituto de Ciencias de la TierraUniversidad Austral de ChileValdiviaChile

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