Kenyan tone tools indicate hominin coexistence
Published on September 2nd, 2011 | by Admin1
The finding, described today in Nature, includes another important discovery: the hand axes, usually associated with the emergence around 1.5 million years ago of Homo erectus as the dominant hominin species, were found alongside primitive chopping tools that had already been in use for at least a million years.
“This supports the idea that the two earliest stone-tool manufacturing techniques and traditions were, at least sometimes, utilized contemporaneously,” says palaeoanthropologist Briana Pobiner at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
Story: Matt Kaplan, Nature | Photo: P.-J.Texier, MPK/WTAP