April 15, 2015

(Rock) Breaking news:

Filed under: Paleoanth — acagle @ 6:59 pm

World’s oldest stone tools discovered in Kenya

Researchers at a meeting here say they have found the oldest tools made by human ancestors—stone flakes dated to 3.3 million years ago. That’s 700,000 years older than the oldest-known tools to date, suggesting that our ancestors were crafting tools several hundred thousand years before our genus Homo arrived on the scene. If correct, the new evidence could confirm disputed claims for very early tool use, and it suggests that ancient australopithecines like the famed “Lucy” may have fashioned stone tools, too.

They don’t mention anything about any controversy regarding the actual tool status of the objects or the dating, so one assumes both are fairly secure. That would put another supposed hallmark of Homo back back into our ancestors.

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