Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Headlines! Modern human behavior pushed back!

Humans Got Organized Half a Million Years Early than We Thought

And bear in mind that this is only an "earliest known" date. This doesn't surprise me that much - newspapers are constantly expressing astonishment at how far back a development goes, how apelike early humans were, how humanlike apes are, and in general how unspecial our species is. In this case we have a 750,000-year-old Mideastern Acheulian site that is organized by activity - flintknapping here, fish processing there, nut roasting around the hearth. The article doesn't say which species is involved with the Acheulian tools, and that's the sort of thing I ought to know. I'm going to guess erectus. They were everywhere.

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