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Best of 2018: The Earliest Hominins Outside of Africa

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Best of 2018: The Earliest Hominins Outside of Africa

A singular site in Shangchen in Northern China has revealed almost 100 stone tools, which were made over a span of 800,000 years.  The findings were published in July’s Nature.

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The oldest tools are around 2.1 million years old, which makes them the oldest evidence of Hominins outside of Africa.  The study made explicit mention of the site of the find, noting that the tools were found alongside bones of deer and other animals, but no fossils from Hominins themselves.

An excavation of a site back in 1964 occurred a few miles away, and it managed to turn up the partially complete skull of a Homo erectus, dating back 1.63 million year old

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