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Homo naledia fossils found in South Africa

Fossils of additional Homo nailed individuals have been found in the Rising Star Cave system in South Africa. Tests on the material found the bones to be between 335,000 and 236,000 years old, making them far younger than many scientists had expected. “It means that this species of primitive hominid was

25 stone points found in South African cave

25 stone points, dating back 77,000 years, have been found in Sibudu Cave in South Africa. The discovery is the earliest evidence on record of a technique known as "pressure flaking," the researchers said. The technique is performed by using a pointed bone tool to remove small flakes of rock from

Early hominin fossils found in South African caves

Two new early hominin fossils dating back more than 2 million years have been found in South Africa's Sterkfontein Caves. The two new specimens, a finger bone and a molar, are part of a set of four specimens, which seem to be from early hominins that can be associated with early

Stone age tools reveal cultural differences

A study of stone tools found at sites 600 miles apart in South Africa are revealing the cultural differences between the groups that made them. Two of South Africa’s most famous archaeological sites, Sibudu and Blombos, have revealed that Middle Stone Age groups who lived in these different areas, more than

Thousands of Stone Age artifacts found in South Africa

Archaeologists working at Kathu in South Africa have found tens of thousands of Stone Age artifacts which date back between 700,000-1,000,000 years. Today, Kathu is a major iron mining centre. Walker adds that the fact that such an extensive prehistoric site is located in the middle of a zone of intensive

Oldest-known spear tips found in South Africa

Researchers in South Africa have discovered stone spear tips that date back 500,000, making them the oldest-known spear tips in the world. Human ancestors were regularly killing game by 780,000 years ago in the Middle East, as evidenced by remains of butchered deer carcasses. Until now, the earliest stone spear tips

Complex thought in humans pushed back 30,000 years

The discovery of 71,000-year-old stone tools found in South Africa suggest that complex thought in humans occurred much earlier than previously thought. One potential sign of complex thought would be an elaborately produced artifact that would have required capabilities such as language to pass along the technique to future generations. Some have

Modern tool use began 20,000 years earlier than thought

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