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Kenyan tone tools indicate hominin coexistence

Stone axes found in the same sedimentary layer as cruder stone tools has revealed that hominins with different tool-making technologies coexisted.

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.

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Story: Matt Kaplan, Nature | Photo: P.-J.Texier, MPK/WTAP

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  1. To, Sevaan Franks. Regarding: The Narváez expedition of Florida in April 1528. The legend claims that four survivors on foot crossed the present day of southeastern United States. This trek took eight years before they arrived in Culiacán (Sinaloa), where they found a Spanish settlement. I wonder if there is any reliable source for this story? Something you can publish on your site?

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