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originally posted by: IWasHereEonsAgo
How and why did we get infused with curiosity and ambition when pretty much all other species on Earth still after millions of years have none of those.
The sediment layer they are found in is used to date them, for example.
you would not be able to just pick up any old rock, strike some chips off to show it was worked by the hands of a hominid, toss it to the side and get the Sa,e results as this particular artifact. Hence its importance.
“although the find of an individual struck flake may not in itself be unusual, the observation is significant because we can assign a precise time range to the artifact and thus the presence of hominids.”
This artifact that has been found can be compared to other similar stone tools found in the area, ones that couldn't be dated.
Are you deliberately being facitious?
Although early hominins are known to have occupied Turkey, with numerous finds of Lower Palaeolithic artefacts documented, the chronology of their dispersal has little reliable stratigraphical or geochronological constraint, sites are rare, and the region's hominin history remains poorly understood as a result. Here, we present a Palaeolithic artefact, a hard-hammer flake, from fluvial sediments associated with the Early Pleistocene Gediz River of Western Turkey. This previously documented buried river terrace sequence provides a clear stratigraphical context for the find and affords opportunities for independent age estimation using the numerous basaltic lava flows that emanated from nearby volcanic necks and aperiodically encroached onto the contemporary valley floors.