Engraved shell suggests early hominids more sophisticated than we realised

Homo erectus has been wandering around much further and engaging in sophisticated engraving  than we realised . This is according to palaeontologists  that found a deliberately engraved shell way further than Africa.


close up of the engraved shell. image: Wim Lustenhouwer/VU University Amsterdam

Homo erectus has not known to have produced anything art-like before. Evolving in Africa about 2 million years ago these hominid species migrated towards and around the island of Java. But then around 140,000 years ago went extinct. 

Analysis of sand grains embedded in the shell were dated around 500,000 years ago.

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