Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Modern Man emerged 44,000 years ago: New Study

According to a new study, modern man emerged 44,000 years ago .A team of scientists from Britain,South Africa,France,Italy,Norway and the US carried out a research in Border Cave area in South Africa and gathered evidence which shows tools and ornaments that humans used 44,000 years ago.

Tools like wooden digging stick with perforated stones,poison applicator and ornaments made from ostrich eggshell and marine shell dated back to approx 44,000 years ago.

Many archaeologists believed that the oldest traces of hunter gatherer people earliest known Modern human inhabitants of South Africa dated back to atleast 20,000 years ago.

Many elements of material culture that characterise the lifestyle of San hunter-gatherers were part of the culture and technology of the inhabitants of this site 44,000 years ago.

The Border Cave in South Africa is located in the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains in KwaZulu -Natal and has yielded exceptionally well-preserved organic material.

Poison dating from 25,000 years ago as well as beeswax collected 40,000 years ago was discovered.This represented the earliest evidence for the use of poison.This complex compound used for hafting arrowheads or tools directly dated to 40,000 years ago is the oldest known evidence of the usage of beeswax.

The findings published in the Journal proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  says stone tools discovered in the same archaeological layers as the organic remains shows a gradual evolution in stone tool technology.

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