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Stone tools discovered in China suggest early humans migrated more than 2 million years ago
Thursday, July 12, 2018 – 6:15am
Ancient humans migrated from Africa more than 200,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new research.
New fossil ‘rewrites history of human evolution’
The discovery of dozens of stone tools by archaeologists in the Shangchen region of China suggest our earliest ancestors left the continent more than two million years ago.
The artefacts are largely made up of chipped flakes of stone – a primitive type of blade – and are believed to have been made by ancient members of the human lineage, called hominins.
“Prior to this discovery, the oldest known evidence of hominin activity outside of Africa was uncovered in Dmanisi, Georgia, dating back 1.85 million years,” Gizmodo reports.
The discovery dramatically shifts the story of early human migration, researchers say.
The find “may add a new chapter to the story of hominin evolution, suggesting that some of these species left Africa far earlier than once believed and managed to travel over 8,000 miles east of their evolutionary birthplace,” The New York Times reports.
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