Heat Treated Stone Helps Endangered Humans Survive

August 20th, 2010 by James L. Sweaney, CGA, FGA. GG
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The desire and ability to exploit our environment and to utilize and improve the natural materials we find is rooted in our deepest past, and is in fact, part of the reason we are here today.

I was absolutely fascinated by an article in the August 2010 Scientific American, When the Sea Saved Humanity, that describes findings from an archaeological dig on the Horn of Africa. According to author Curtis W. Marean, his excavations in caves near Capetown show the presence of a small band of early humans during the Ice Age known as Marine Isotope Stage 6 (MIS6).

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One Response to “Heat Treated Stone Helps Endangered Humans Survive”

  1. Randy Hays Says:

    Fascinating topic. Bet it didn’t take long for a pretty seashell to end up on a piece of cord around someones neck.

    I have heard of these finds before. I remember that it was pointed out that gradual migration of just 5 to 10 miles a generation was enough to repopulate nearly all the coastal areas on the planet.

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