Archaeologists discover Stone Tools in Africa

Archaeologists discover Stone Tools in Africa

Archaeologists working in Kenya have discovered the oldest stone tools ever recorded in Africa. Researchers said they were not utilized by any human from the genus Homo as they might have been created much earlier.

The tools that date back 3.3 million years are evidence that some of the earliest ancestors of humans used tools numerous hundred thousand years before the rise of the genus Homo. As per the researchers, the stone flakes discovered are 700,000 years older as compared the oldest known tools to date.

So far, the oldest known tools to date discovered at the site of Gona in Ethiopia. According to experts, these discovered at the site of Gona were dated to 2.6 million years ago. The area near Lake Turkana in Kenya has provided numerous fossils that relates to early human life. The recently discovery was done by a team led by Sonia Harmand of Stony Brook University in New York.

According to the researchers, the discovery of animal bones that dates back 3.4 million years was done back in 2010. This discovery showed the cut marks pointing that humans made the marks using tools. With the help of this discovery it can be assumed that early human ancestors used tools much earlier than initially thought.

According to Harmand, the artifacts were not the result of accidental fracture of rocks. The researchers said that the discovery of the tools was done accidentally. Harmand and her team was looking for proof of Kenyanthripos platyops, an ancient human relative when they went the wrong way and reached to the site known as Lomekwi 3, west of Lake Turkana. There they discovered number of tools and when they dug down further, they finally recovered 20 preserved flakes, source stones and anvils.


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