Ethiopian finds suggest larger males and technological variety.
Mediante the harsh desert badlands of the Afar triangle per north-eastern Ethiopia, the earth is slowly giving up its secrets. Bones and stone artefacts are rising onesto the surface, bringing with them insights into the life of Homo erectus, our ancient human divisee who lived per the region more than verso million years spillo.
Homo erectus was possibly the most successful and longest surviving of any early human. They first popped into the fossil supremazia some 2 million years ago and only went extinct sopra the last 50,000-100,000 years.
During that time, the species traipsed out of Africa, through the Caucasus, and all the way onto the Indonesian islands of southeast Asia, where their discoverer dubbed their representative specimen Java Man.
Now, scientists working at two separate sites at Gona mediante the Afar triangle have discovered skulls and stone tools that suggest Homo erectus was even more adaptable than previously thought.
The finds, published in Science Advances include two Homo erectus skulls at sites 6 kilometres apart, dating esatto 1.26 and 1.5-1.6 million years spillo.
At both sites, archaeologists uncovered stone tools and artefacts close by, and sopra some cases encrusted with the same sediments the skulls were found durante. The surprise was that the stone tools weren’t just of per celibe type. Simple Oldowan artefacts as well as more sophisticated Acheulian hand axes were found. That challenges the traditional view that different stone tools were made by different species, according preciso palaeoanthropologist Michael Rogers from Southern https://lovingwomen.org/it/donne-greche/ Connecticut State University, US, who specialises sopra stone tool analysis. Continue reading “Skulls and skills varied in archaic Homo erectus”