Topic ID #34200 - posted 12/4/2014 5:41 AM

Half-million Year Old Etched Shell



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Archaeologist Stephen Munro nearly fell off his chair when he noticed patterns of straight lines purposefully etched on a fossilized clamshell. The engravings were half a million years old, which meant they'd been made by a Homo erectus—an extinct human species that predated Homo sapiens by upwards of 300,000 years.

http://io9.com/engravings-on-a-shell-made-300-000-years-before-humans-1666303398

http://www.npr.org/2014/12/03/367845103/earliest-human-engraving-or-trash-from-an-ancient-lunch

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13962.html (good pix here)





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