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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Before they left Africa, early modern humans were 'culturally diverse'
A new study provides fresh insights into the life of early modern humans before they left Africa following a massive comparative study of stone tools.
Researchers have carried out the biggest ever comparative study of stone tools dating to between 130,000 and 75,000 years ago found in the region between sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia. They have discovered there are marked differences in the way stone tools were made, reflecting a diversity of cultural traditions. The study has also identified at least four distinct populations, each relatively isolated from each other with their own different cultural characteristics.