Thankfully, the new find isn’t quite so dramatic, but it’s no less fascinating. At a maximum age of 2.12 million years, the recently-discovered artifacts are about 270,000 years older than bones and stone tools found in Dmanisi, Georgia, which are widely accepted to be the oldest remains of hominins beyond Africa. Not only that, they’re much further from Africa than human ancestors were believed to have spread at that time.
The team discovered bones and stone tools, including a notch, scrapers, cobble, hammer stones and pointed pieces(Credit: Professor Zhaoyu Zhu)
The discovery was made in Shangchen on the Chinese Loess Plateau. Alongside animal bone fragments, the team found 80 stone tools, including a notch, scrapers, cobble, hammer stones and pointed pieces, which all showed clear signs of use. Most of them were made of quartz and quartzite that are believed to have come from the nearby Qinling Mountains.
Whoever left them behind weren’t just passing through, either. These artifacts were found in 17 different layers of dust and fossil soil, deposited during different climates over the span of close to a million years, from 2.12 to 1.2 million years ago.
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