Archaeologists in Algeria have discovered stone tools and cut animal bones that can be up to 2.4 million years, which…
Archaeologists in Algeria have discovered stone tools and cut animal bones that can be up to 2.4 million years, which question the East African title as the cradle of humanity, according to research published on Thursday in the journal Science.
The artifacts – more ancient than those discovered so far in the region – were found in Setif, about 300 km east of Algiers, by a team of international researchers, including Algeria.
The tools are similar to those called Oldowan, so far so far in East Africa.
The tools were erupted near dozens of fossil beasts that contained scarves, as if relics of prehistoric butchers.
The legs came from animals including the ancestors of crocodiles, elephants and hippos.
“East Africa is generally considered to be the birthplace of the use of stone tools by our ancient hominous ancestors – the earliest examples dating as far back as about 2.6 million years ago, support the report in science.
” The new results make Ain Boucherit to the oldest place in northern Africa with in situ evidence of hominine meat use with associated stone tools and they suggest that other similar early places could be found outside the eastern African demolition. “
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One hypothesis is that early ancestors of modern people quickly carry stone tools with them from East Africa and to other parts of the continent.
Another is a “multiple origin scenario”, where early hominids were made and used tools in both East and North Africa.
“Ain Lahnech’s place is the second oldest in the world after Gona in Ethiopia, dating back 2.6 million years ago and widely regarded as the cradle of humanity,” said the writer Mohamed Sahouni told AFP.
The discovery was made in two layers – one dating 2.4 million years ago and the other dating to 1.9 million years old.
More in the Sahara?
The findings suggest that the ancestors of modern people were present in northern Africa at least 600,000 years earlier than scientists believed.
So far, the oldest known tools from northern Africa were 1.8 million years old, and found in a nearby location.
No people left found. Therefore, scientists do not know what kind of hominids were on the spot, or what old cousin of gay sapiens (who appeared a lot later) used these tools.
The excavation was carried out by experts from research institutes in Spain, Algeria, Australia and France.
“Now that Ain Boucherit has resulted in Oldowan archeology estimated 2.4 million years ago, North Africa and Sahara can be a supply of additional archaeological materials,” the study said.
“Based on the potential of Ain Boucherit and the adjacent sediment basins, we suggest that hominin fossils and Oldowan artifacts as old as those documented in East Africa can also be discovered in North Africa.”