3.3 Million Year Old Stone Tools Predate Homo By 500,000 Years

21 May

Another nail in the “Homo” as first toolmakers coffin?

Anthropology.net

149 stone flakes, hammers and anvils, found off at the Lomekwi 3 site on the shores of Lake Turkana, appears to have been crafted more than 3.3 million years ago — 500,000 years before our genus Homo. The authors reported their findings in Nature this week. Sonia Harmand and her team accidentally stumbled upon the ancient artifacts after taking a wrong turn and found a different place with stone tools on the surface of a site called Lomekwi 3. You can read more about their discovery at The Conversation.

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One Response to “3.3 Million Year Old Stone Tools Predate Homo By 500,000 Years”

  1. DDeden 06/07/2015 at 1:07 pm #

    There seems to be some confusion on this. The genus Homo is far older than that.
    Homo & Pan split ~5.2ma, indeterminate fossil morphology notwithstanding.

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