Sticks, stones and bones reveal emergence of a hunter-gatherer culture

South Africa cave yields artifacts much like those used in region today

By Meghan Rosen, 13:50 PM July 31, 2012

People living in a South African cave 44,000 years ago crafted the same kinds of blades, beads and tools as hunter-gatherers of the region today. The artifacts push the history of modern human behavior in southern Africa back more than 20,000 years, archaeologists report online July 30 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, forging a link between the cultures of ancient and present-day humans.

“We’re not just looking at people who were modern. We’re looking at people who were ...

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