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The tools found in southern Arabia date from 125,000 years ago – 55,000 years before humans were thought to have left Africa.
A spectacular haul of stone tools discovered beneath a collapsed rock shelter in southern Arabia has forced a major rethink of the story of human migration out of Africa. The collection of hand axes and other tools shaped to cut, pierce and scrape bear the hallmarks of early human workmanship, but date from 125,000 years ago, around 55,000 years before our ancestors were thought to have left the continent.
If he doesn't think they were made by modern humans, who does he think made them? Aliens? Apes? We've seen other primates use tools but never fashioned with this degree of craftsmanship.
The discovery has sparked debate among archaeologists, some of whom say much stronger evidence is needed to back up the researchers' claims. "I'm totally unpersuaded," Paul Mellars, an archaeologist at Cambridge University, told Science. "There's not a scrap of evidence here that these were made by modern humans, nor that they came from Africa."
Originally posted by Arbitrageur
reply to post by LetsTouch
Yes it would be nice if he was more clear about that, but according to some that would still make them human, classified as Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, a race of the human species. I can't think of who or what else could fashion such tools.