Stone tools reveal human migration into Arabia

Published on December 1st, 2011 | by Admin


Stone tools discovered in Oman suggests that humans migrated up into Arabia tens of thousands of years earlier than initially believed.

In a climate like Arabia’s, desert winds and sand erode all but the strongest materials. “Everything breaks down,” Rose says, “but rocks don’t.” The trick, he says, “is squeezing information out of them.” He compares the process of finding and studying stone tools to being blindfolded and set down in a time and place where the only way to tell where and when you are is to listen to the language being spoken. For those who understand their language, he says, stone tools can tell us all about their makers.

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Story: Emily Underwood, ScienceMag| Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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