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Ancient engravings rewrite human history

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Published on Dec 3, 2014

An international team of scientists has discovered the earliest known engravings from human ancestors on a 400,000 year-old fossilised shell from Java.

The discovery is the earliest known example of ancient humans deliberately creating pattern.




The newly discovered engravings resemble the previously oldest-known engravings, which are associated with either Neanderthals or modern humans from around 100,000 years ago.

This is the first time evidence has been found for Homo erectus behaving this way.

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