Homo erectus and zigzags

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Homo erectus engraving

Earlier this month an amazing discovery was noted about the zigzag lines found on a piece of shell from Trinil, Indonesia, which suggest that they were made by our ancestors Homo erectus and in turn suggests that these hominids were capable of abstract thought. The discovery was announced in Nature.

Homo erectus engraving

Homo erectus engraving

Homo erectus at Trinil on Java used shells for tool production and engraving
Nature, doi:10.1038/nature13962

Oldest ever engraving discovered on 500,000-year-old shell
Science Daily, 03 December 2014

Shell ‘art’ made 300,000 years before humans evolved
New Scientist, 03 December 2014

Etchings on a 500,000-year-old shell appear to have been made by human ancestor
Science, 03 December 2014

Shells Engraved by Homo erectus Found in Museum Collection
Archaeology.org, 03 December 2014

World’s Oldest Art Identified in Half-Million-Year-Old Zigzag
National Geographic, 03 December 2014

Homo erectus may have doodled on shellfish
ABC News, 04 December 2014

Oldest engraving rewrites view of human history
AFP, via Bangkok Post 04 December 2014

ANU archaeologist helps discover earliest human engravings
Sydney Morning Herald

World’s oldest engraving discovered
Australian Geographic, 04 December 2014

Australian Archaeologist Dr Stephen Munro Discovers Earliest Human Engravings Discovered On 400,000-Year-Old Fossilised Shell
International Business Times, 05 December 2014

Another Ancient Discovery For Indonesia, and Human History
Wall Street Journal, 09 December 2014
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