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Researchers in Java, Indonesia, discovered engravings on a shell that dates to between 540,000 and 430,000 years ago. The ancient artwork could be the oldest known geometric carving made by a human ancestor, the researchers said.
It's unclear what the engraving — a series of slashes and an "M"-shaped zigzag — means, but it could indicate that Homo erectus, the ancestor of modern humans, may have been smarter than was previously thought.
We dated sediment contained in the shells with 40Ar/39Ar and luminescence dating methods, obtaining a maximum age of 0.54 ± 0.10 million years and a minimum age of 0.43 ± 0.05 million years.
originally posted by: Blackmarketeer
The face of the hominen that made these scratchings, Home Erectus.
Pretty cool to think a species other than modern Homo Sapiens Sapiens making the first attempt at potential writing, or art, or just having fun making scratch marks in a shell.
originally posted by: nerbot
a reply to: theantediluvian
The carving could have been done not that long ago, it's the shell that was dated as old.