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An early human dropped a stone tool on a floodplain in what is now Turkey about 1.2 million years ago. Today, its discovery is helping scientists pinpoint when humans began their move from Asia to Europe.
The quartzite flake, described in Quaternary Science Reviews, is "the earliest securely-dated artifact from Turkey ever recorded," and its discovery pushes back the presumed date of human migration into Europe, researcher Danielle Schreve says, per EurekAlert.
Her eye just happened to be "drawn to a pinkish stone on the surface" while studying a sediment deposit in an ancient river bend near Gediz.
The data revealed a "secure chronology," showing humans were in the area between 1.24 million and 1.17 million years ago, experts say.
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It's not my thread, but i have been pretty active there. Chadwickus provided the link a few posts up....
originally posted by: Chadwickus