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Butchered animal residues discovered on 250,000-year-old tools

Protein residue from butchered animals has been found on 250,000-year-old tools found in Jordan.

While stone tools have been found before, the residue of the kinds of animals found on these ancient tools brought back surprising results, linking rhinoceros, horse, wild cattle and duck to these hominins.

“The implication of all of this is these early hominins were engaging in a wide variety of techniques in order to exploit these kind of animals,” Nowell told Metro. “It might seem obvious to say, but the way you take down a rhino is different than the way you take down a duck. A rhinoceros requires a certain amount of co-ordination to take down, and even if you’re scavenging you have to know how to drive off predators, which still requires co-ordination.”

This indicates a sophisticated level of intelligence, she said, as it required a strong social aspect among peers, knowledge of the predators and creatures at hand and how to manipulate the situation to their benefit.

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Story: Sam Smith, Metro | Photo: April Nowell

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