And up until recently, in 2015, a group of American paleontologists discovered a collection of carved artifacts at the Pliocene archaeological site of Lomekwi 3, Kenya, that belonged to the same time period and were 3.3 million years old.
The question is, of whom were these tools produced, as Homo habilis, the early hominids didn’t appear until several centuries later. Due of this, academics had high hopes that the discovery might change archaeology and even rewrite history.
This is one of the most recent finds in a group of unsolved mysteries that archaeologists have previously judged unsolvable. They found up to 150 tools in place, including anvils, hammers, and carved stones, used millions of years ago to open and crack nuts or tubers, and to carve the trunks of fallen trees to find insects to feed.
The users of the Lomekwi 3 knappers, including those who used the aforementioned tools, combined core reduction with battering operations as they gained an understanding of the fracture characteristics of stone.
Dr. Harmand, head of the research team, said, “These tools shed light on an unexpected and previously unknown period of hominin behavior and can tell us a lot about cognitive development in our ancestors that we can’t understand from fossils alone. The long-held belief that Homo habilis was the first toolmaker is refuted by our discovery.
Meanwhile, co-leader of the archaeologists, Dr. Jason Lewis, claimed that conventional wisdom in human evolutionary studies researches since has confirmed the potential link between the emergence of stone knappers with the appearance of the genus Homo. This technical development was blamed for the change in climate and the proliferation of savannah grasslands.
The oldest stone tools associated with Homo have been dated to 2.6 million years and come from Ethiopian deposits close to the fossil remains of the first member of the Homo habilis species, which is renowned for its amazing ability to make tools with their bare hands.
Yet in this case, it remains unknown who actually made up these strange tools that are not supposed to exist, in accordance with current standards of archaeology. Let’s investigate whether this exciting discovery provides proof that some renowned books’ purported “fictional histories” actually did occur.
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