Modern tool use began 20,000 years earlier than thought

Published on August 8th, 2012 | by Admin


Artifacts found inside South Africa’s Border Cave are pushing the known usage of modern tools back 20,000 years to 44,000 years ago.

The new evidence was provided by an international team of researchers excavating at an archaeological site called Border Cave in the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains on the border of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and Swaziland. The cave shows evidence of occupation by human ancestors going back more than 200,000 years, but the team reported in two papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they were able to accurately date their discoveries to 42,000 to 44,000 years ago, a period known as the Later Stone Age or the Upper Paleolithic Period in Europe.

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Story: Thomas H. Maugh II, L.A. Times | Photo: Francesco d’Errico and Lucinda Backwell

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